Biking Rules Street Code

Here's a simple proposition for NYC cyclists: always yield to pedestrians. As our potential to cause harm increases on the street, so does our responsibility to others. Slowing down and giving someone the respect they deserve will go a long way towards fostering a sense of shared responsibility that will ultimately make NYC streets better for cyclists, pedestrians and even drivers.

Cyclists, as the fastest-growing commuter group in NYC, are the most obvious ambassadors for calmer and more livable streets. Cyclists often know, in painful detail, the fear and havoc that automobiles can bring to NYC streets. Let's not pose a similar threat to pedestrians in the walking capital of the world. Instead, let's seize this opportunity to usher in a new era of safer, saner travel. Join us in this moving revolution: Biking Rules for NYC

Biking Rules Street Code: Lead By Example

PEDESTRIANS RULE
Pedestrians always have the right of way. PERIOD.


CrossWALKS
Leave crosswalks free and clear for safe walking. A bike in the crosswalk can take up as much space as a car.
(Law: VTL §1231)


CLAIM A LANE
Claim space on the street, not the sidewalk. We know we hate it when cars drive in bike lanes. (Law: AC § 1976)


RIDE RIGHT
Ride in the direction of traffic. When we're on bicycles, we ARE traffic! And it is safer for everyone else on the street. (Law: VTL §1231)


UNTANGLE INTERSECTIONS
No one can see how good-looking our bikes are if we speed through intersections. And new cyclists will be following our example. Take a break and relax at red lights. (Law: VTL §1231)


LIGHTEN UP
Don't be invisible. Front and rear lights are our eyes to the world at night and make us bigger and brighter on the street. (Law: VTL §1236)


SOUND OUT
Having a bell lets people know we are approaching and it's fun to make some noise! Give your bike bling some ring. (Law: VTL §1236)


HELMET HEAD RULES
Bike brains are beautiful, and NYC needs them if we are ever going to convince more people to ride a bike! Learn to love that helmet hair.