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NYC bike laws

rompish

Chimp
Sep 1, 2011
6
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Rego Park, NY
Hello everyone, I am new to NYC and the laws here state that

The city and state require a person riding in New York to have:

a bell that can be heard at 100 ft., but not a siren or a whistle;
a brake "that will skid on dry pavement;"
a reflector;
two lights, red in back and clear in front, which must be used from one half hour after sunset until one half hour before sunrise.

+ they say that I am not allowed to ride on sidewalks.

I do not have a bell, a reflector and lights, cause I have a bmx, and don't want to put any on it.

My question is how serious are they in enforcing these laws?
 

rompish

Chimp
Sep 1, 2011
6
0
Rego Park, NY
Thanks!

So if i cant ride on sidewalks, that means I ride on any street (except highways of course)?

And can i ride between lanes?))
 
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MOBEONER

Chimp
Apr 17, 2011
29
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WILLIAMSBURG BROOKLYN
Yes, where I live in Williamsburg Brooklyn there are bike lanes and cars are forced to respect the bike lanes at all times. I have seen cops brake chops with bikers on side walks and summons them. Like stated above, keep off side walks and u will be fine.
 

Toshi

Harbinger of Doom
Oct 23, 2001
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Lighting has been enforced in the past few years, at least sporadically.