Riding a bike has become an even more popular and convenient mode of transportation on the streets of New York since the recent launch of the Citi Bike Share Program. Riders can pick up and drop off Citi bikes at various locations throughout the different boroughs of NYC. However, as convenient and enjoyable as riding a Citi bike can be, it also accompanies dangers when sharing the busy roads with other motorists and taxi cab drivers.
In order to safely enjoy your New York Citi bike, you should consider the following safety guidelines:
- Always wear a properly fitted helmet, even though the law only requires it for children less than 14 years of age.
- Obey all traffic laws on the road, as bicyclists are subject to the same traffic laws as motorists.
- Ride in bicycle lanes, where provided.
- Always ride with traffic, not against it.
- If you choose to use earphones, you are permitted to wear them in one ear only.
- Yield to all pedestrians, as they have the right of way.
- Do not weave in and out of traffic.
- Use hand signals when making turns.
- Wear bright clothing that will make you more visible to motorists on the road.
- Do not ride your Citi bike if you have consumed alcoholic beverages. Drinking and biking will significantly impair your reaction time and may result in a New York City bicycle accident.
However, even if you take all of the necessary safety precautions, you may still be involved in an accident. As a bicyclist, your only recourse may to be to timely file a personal injury claim against the party who caused the accident.
Contact an Experienced New York Personal Injury Lawyer
The New York personal injury attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. have been helping bicycle accident victims and their loved ones recover maximum compensation for years. We have the knowledge, experience and resources to aggressively pursue your case and help you get the outcome that you deserve.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York Injury Lawyers, call our law firm at 800.529.9997.