Is it illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk NYC?

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asked Jun 24, 2022 in Commuting by mythoughtsyous (480 points)
Is it illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk NYC?

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answered Jun 25, 2022 by birdytweety (8,230 points)
It is illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in NYC.

However you can legally walk your bike on the sidewalk in NYC but you must ride your bike on the road or in designated bike lanes.

NYC is bike friendly and riding a bicycle in NYC is a great way to get around.

Bicycling in NYC is permitted on all main and local streets throughout the City, even when no designated route exists.

Use a white headlight and a red taillight, as well as a bell or horn and reflectors.

Brooklyn NY and Manhattan NY are really good bike friendly places in NYC.

New York is one of the most walkable cities in the world, thanks in part to Manhattan's grid-pattern layout.

However with more than 1,200 miles of bike lanes and routes—many of which have been added in the past decade—it's also quite bike-friendly.

Approximately eight hundred thousand (773,000) New Yorkers ride a bike regularly.

It is estimated that over 530,000 cycling trips are made each day in New York City—more than triple the amount taken 15 years ago.

As part of the Green Wave, NYC DOT installed 29.5 lane miles of protected bicycle lanes in 2020.

NYS law requires that all children under the age of 14 wear an approved bicycle helmet.

The maximum penalty for an offense is a $50 fine; however, the fine is waived if a parent proves a helmet was obtained.

Most of the people who worry it's too dangerous to bike in NYC haven't actually tried biking around the city.

At least not recently.

Compared to other transportation options here, biking is actually one of the safest.

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