Do you experience frustration or confusion as a cyclist when you cross the road? You’re not alone.
In NYC, the number of collisions between bicyclists and pedestrians has increased by 12% this year. The number of accidents hit 127 by June 30, rising from 113 in 2018, according to the NYPD.
A lack of clarity about the rules of the road causes confusion for both cyclists and pedestrians. More than half of all serious crashes between cyclists and pedestrians occur at while crossing the road.
Accidents can be avoided. Take a moment to brush up on your street smarts with these quick facts!
What is expected of you as a cyclist?
Remember this: if you are riding a bicycle, you are considered a vehicle.
When you dismount and walk alongside your bicycle, you are considered a pedestrian.
Therefore, when you are on your bike, obey the following rules:
Yield to pedestrians
Stop for stop signs
Travel with the flow of traffic.
It is important to be confident and knowledgeable bout the rules of the road. Now that you know that when you’re on your bike, you are a vehicle and have the same rights as one, you can help keep accidents at bay.