In May 2013, New York City launched its newest public transportation system, the Citi Bike. The durable Citi Bikes and docking stations provide easy, convenient, and inexpensive ways to travel around the city 24/7.
According to the NYC Department of Transportation, NYC streets are getting safer as more people are biking. Serious bike-related crashes plateaued, representing a 73% reduction risk to riders. In 2010, a study found that streets with bike lanes created a 40% increase in pedestrian safety. In the past three years, no pedestrians were killed in bike-related accidents. It was also found that streets with protected bike paths reduced the amount of injuries dramatically.
According to DOT’s 2010 Sustainable Streets Index, commuter cycling increased 262% in NYC from 2000 to 2010!
Are you a commuter cyclist? Do you know the basic bike laws and safety tips?
- Ride in the street – there are designated bike lanes on almost every street in NYC.
- Bikers are subject to all of the rules and regulations applicable to drivers of motor vehicles – stop at red lights and stop signs and obey all traffic laws.
- Look, signal and look again – before changing lanes make sure to look and signal to alert other drivers and cyclists that you are making a turn.
- Don’t wear earphones – it is illegal to wear both earbuds while riding.
- Wear a helmet – it could save your life!
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle-related accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact Jacoby & Meyers today. We can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Visit the NYC DOT website for more information on the bike share program and find out the bicycle safety tips you need to know!