…a helmet on. By the way, it’s a law. Please, please, please wear a helmet when you ride a bike! From my own personal experience, I have been involved in three accidents and can you tell you my helmet made the difference between a concussion or a more serious head injury, and a minor “bell ringer”.
For your convenience, I am including the New York State laws.
NYS Bicycle Laws
Bicycling in New York is governed by a series of laws and rules. They are found in the State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law. The links below can help you find more information about the laws and rules. Bicycles have the legal right to share the road on most public highways and bicyclists must comply with governing laws. Bicyclists can be ticketed for violations. In the case of children, parents or guardians may be held responsible for any fines.
Here is a summary of the principal requirements for bicyclists under New York law:
- Bicyclists must ride with traffic and thus travel in the same direction as motor vehicles.
- Bicyclists may travel side-by-side on the road, but must ride in single-file when other vehicles need to pass.
- A bicycle is a vehicle and as such must observe all traffic laws and obey all signals, signs, and pavement markings.
- If there is a bicycle lane in the roadway, the bicyclist must use it except to avoid a hazard or to turn left. If there is a separate parallel path, the bicyclist may use either the path or roadway.
- Bicyclists must signal to turn on a roadway, a bike lane or bike path.
- Bicycling is not allowed on interstate highways and expressways. Local jurisdictions can prohibit bicycles elsewhere, for example parkways or sidewalks.
- Helmets must be worn by those under 14 years old. Localities may have additional requirements for those over 14.
- Bicycles must be properly equipped with workable brakes, a bell or horn, reflectors and, if driven at night, a headlight and taillight.
- A bicyclist cannot wear more than one earphone when listening to a radio or other audio device.
- A bicyclist may not grab onto or otherwise attach to a moving motor vehicle.
- A bicycle cannot carry more people than the number it was designed to carry.The law also calls for motorists to exercise “due care” to avoid collision with bicyclists. Bicycle accidents involving death or serious injury have to be reported within ten days.