According to a report by the Partnership for New York City, New Yorkers have the longest commute in the nation!
On average, New Yorkers spend 48 minutes commuting to work and about the same time returning home. The report states that’s 13 minutes longer than the national average. It also says that over half of commuters between Brooklyn and Queens have to drive due to limited public transportation options.
So on your long commute to work, here are some safety tips you can follow no matter what mode of transportation you use:
- If You Like to Walk
- Cross only in the crosswalk.
- Look both ways before crossing and never assume a car sees you. With everyone so busy trying to get to work they might not notice you crossing.
- Look out for cyclists – some cyclists don’t always follow the rules of the road and tend to ride on the sidewalks. There’s nothing you can do about this so look out for reckless bikers.
- If You Take the Bus
- Stand on the sidewalk, not in the street when the bus is pulling into the stop.
- Watch for the gap when you are stepping onto the bus.
- If You Rely on the Subway
- Stand a good distance away from the platform – behind the yellow line is OK.
- Always be aware of pickpocketers – keep your personal belongings close to you and away.
- Never “subway surf” – never ride holding onto the outside of the train. This almost always leads to death.
- If you drop a personal item like your cell phone in the tracks, leave it there and find an MTA official or police officer for help.
- If You Bike to Work
- Bike in designated bike lanes only – these are available on almost every street in NYC. If one is not available, ride on the right side of the road – never ride on the sidewalk. Only children under the age of 12 are allowed to ride on the sidewalk.
- Did you know bicyclists are subject to same laws applicable to motor vehicle drivers? Ride as if you were driving your car – stop at stop signs, red lights, yield for pedestrians, etc.
- Look out for cars and other objects that might be in the bike lane. When dodging these items and weaving in and out of the bike lane, look out for cars and other vehicles.
- Always wear a helmet – even though helmets are not required when using the new Citibikes, it is always a good idea to wear one. It could save your life.
- Read more about bike safety laws in NYC on our blog.
- In-line Skates/Skateboard
- Always wear protective gear.
- The same rules that apply to bicyclists and drivers apply to you as well – always ride in the street in the designated bike lanes or on the right-hand side of the road.
- Never ride side by side to another skater/bicyclist, it’s illegal.
- If You Drive
- Look out for pedestrians jay-walking and yield for them if they are.
- Abide by all traffic signals and signs.
- Don’t speed and weave in and out of traffic.
- Keep an eye out for school buses. Abide by school bus traffic signals and never pass a school bus when it is stopped with it’s stop sign arm extended. Kids could be crossing the street at this time.
Even though we as New Yorkers have the longest commute in the nation, we still need to make sure it is as safe as possible. Follow these tips for a safe and stress-free trip to work!
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