Bicycling around New York City is often dangerous. Even though there is a large biking community here, people seem to think that anything goes and that bicyclists don't matter.
When you need to ride a bike around the city, you might find that you have questions about what you can and can't do. The answers aren't always easy to come by. New York has some very strict bike laws that govern everyone from hobbyists and children to professionals and adults.
Bicycle messengers are increasingly common in New York City. They play a unique role in the local economy, providing swift and efficient delivery services. The explosion of apps such as Caviar and UberRUSH has made it possible for bike messengers to earn a decent living.
Cycling is a great way to stay in shape, enjoy the weather, see the local sights and relax. Many people in New York City put their bikes away for the winter months. Now that the weather is warming up, it's a good time to pull the bike out of storage and gear up for those delightful summer rides.
Imagine riding down the street, training for your next century ride. You have hit your top speed and you seem to be effortlessly cranking the pedals as you cruise down the street. You might even reach a new time for your personal best today. Everything was going perfectly until a car door suddenly opened up in front of you, right in the middle of the bike lane. You have just been "doored."
One of the greatest aspects of cycling is that it fulfills so many different people for so many different reasons. Whether you are training for a competitive race or event, commuting to work, or even riding for work, bikes provide people with the freedom to explore themselves and their surroundings. However, like almost every activity, cycling is not without risk.
Police bias against cyclists in accidents is all too real for commuters, messengers, and leisure cyclists. It is well known in the community that cyclists are often wrongfully blamed for crashes. Police officers can be quick to judge, choosing the side of the motorist. Therefore it is important to know what to do in case of an accident that you know was not your fault.
Hit-and-run accidents happen all the time in New York City. Some negligent drivers feel like they can get away with it, and a lot of times they do. Victims of hit-and-run accidents often think that they do not have a chance at catching the driver. Cyclists should know that it is possible to catch a hit-and-run driver even if they did not see what happened. Here are the four steps to take if you ever find yourself in the situation of a hit-and-run.
Brooklyn doesn't just lead the city in bicycle commuters, it leads the city in bicycle deaths. While awareness has increased and the city continues to add new lanes for alternative transportation, cars still rule the road and threaten cycling safety.
Bike lanes are intended to protect from moving traffic, but when you're cycling so close to parked cars, there is another hazard that's equally dangerous. "Dooring," a collision that happens when a motorist or passenger opens a door into oncoming bike traffic, is both a common and a costly accident. It's also easily avoidable and cyclists are protected by New York City law.