Now that the weather is a sexy summer boil, it’s time to hop on those pretty little bikes for some outdoor adventuring. However, NYPD is notoriously and disproportionately cracking down on cyclists. And their main objective: quantity over quality.
Streetsblog procured the police cheatsheet[.pdf] instructing law enforcement as to “illegal” biking conduct. Unfortunately, the list is not entirely legally accurate. In combo with some guidelines taken from Transportation Alternatives, the following is a brief guide on how to avoid (and fight) the impending doom that is NYPD’s current cycle wrath:
The police can ticket you for…
* Failure to yield to pedestrians at an intersection with signal
* Failure to signal turn
* Failure to stop for red light
* Riding the wrong way on a one-way street
* Riding on a sidewalk
* Riding in any park except in places designated for bike riding
* Improper riding of bicycle
* Too many riders on a bicycle
* Clinging to a vehicle
* Attaching self to vehicle
* No or inadequate lights
* No bell or signal device
* No or inadequate brakes
* No or improper reflectorization
* Carrying articles on bicycles – [carry that tote bag like a normal person!]
In New York City, the police CANNOT ticket you for…
* More than two abreast bicycle
* Failure to stop before entering road from a private road, driveway or over curb
* Failure to use bicycle lane or to keep right
Note: Bicyclists may ride on either side of one-way roadways that are at least 40 feet wide. In addition, bicyclists should ride in usable bike lanes, unless they are blocked or unsafe for any reason. Otherwise, this could happen.
And remember, all NYC traffic rules are applicable to bicyclists (except you’re of course way cooler than a car). For more detailed info on bicycling laws, visit: http://transalt.org/resources/laws.
So while we know it’s just too tempting to cruise like a juvenile delinquent, keep your troublemaking to rooftops and sketchy warehouse lofts. Ride safe and ticket-free into that summertime fun, Williamsburg!
– J. Rachel Reyes