New York City is a great place to ride a bike. It can be one of the quickest and easiest ways to get around the city.
However, bicyclists are always at a higher risk for accidents than vehicles. According to New York City DOT, understanding the bike laws in the state can help to deter accidents.
The main rule when it comes to riding a bike in the city is that you must obey the same laws as motor vehicles. You must stop at stoplights and signs, obey markings and adhere to traffic patterns. You also must signal for turns and ensure you only ride in the street and not on sidewalks.
If the road has a bike lane or if there is a bike path, then you should use it. In these cases, when crossing traffic, you will need to follow the bike signal. If there is no signal, then follow the pedestrian signal. Otherwise, follow general traffic rules.
On narrow roads, you can right in the middle of the lane, but generally, you want to stay to the right side to allow vehicles to pass you.
For safety, your bike must have certain equipment. The law requires you to have a bell or horn, reflectors, a white headlight and a red taillight. Make sure all equipment is working properly before you hit the street.
Maintaining awareness of the rules and laws concerning bicycling in the city will keep you and others safe. You could subject yourself to a ticket if you disobey the law just as you would if you were driving a vehicle.