General Notice

LIM College will be closed Tuesday, September 18, due to the significant impact on travel in Midtown created by the United Nations General Assembly taking place. Click HERE for more information.

Bicycle Safety

According to the Mayor's Management Report for 20161, the number of cyclist deaths in New York City increased 25% from the previous year. Additionally, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) reports that, "89% of cyclist fatalities occur at intersections"2. Below are tips to improve your awareness and safety while biking in the City.

Safety Tips
  • Wear a helmet
    • Wear it level on your head
    • Wear it two finger widths above your eyebrows
    • Always buckle the chin strap snuggly
  • Put away cellphones and other electronics
  • Ride in the direction of traffic
  • Stop at all red lights and stop signs  
  • Do not weave between traffic or lane-to-lane
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing or accessories
  • Never attempt to ride a broken bike
    • If your bike is not in proper working order, you should get off and walk your bike on the sidewalk to your destination or repair shop
  • Use the official NYC Bike Map to plan trips and view bicycle lanes (nyc.gov/bikemap)

Summary of New York City Bicycle Laws, Rules and Regulations3

  • Comply with Traffic Rules
  • Bicyclists are required to use hand signals when turning or stopping (see figure 1)
  • Bicycles must use bike lanes or paths when available
  • Do not ride bikes on sidewalks (unless under the age of 13)
  • Riders must not wear more than one earphone
  • A white headlight and red taillight must be used from dusk to dawn
  • Reflective devices are required on tires or other devices
  • Bell or another audible signal is required

 


1http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/operations/downloads/pdf/mmr2016/2016_mmr.pdf

2http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/dot_bikesmart_brochure.pdf

3http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/bicyclerules_english.pdf