Check out our article featured in the Daily Orange today and let’s pledge to share the road!
Let’s all (drivers and bicyclists): follow the rules of the road. In all 50 states bicycles are considered vehicles (or operators of bicyclists are considered operators of vehicles). Use turn signals as required by NYS law, yield to pedestrians, and keep right if traveling slower than other traffic. Let’s all be patient, share the road, and keep our cool — traffic sucks for everyone no matter what mode of transport!
Bicyclists, let’s remember: follow our featured safety tips and always look left, right, left before entering an intersection. Do not ride on the sidewalk — if you do because the roadway is obstructed, you must yield to pedestrians. Ring your bell or shout “on your left” when overtaking another cyclist or pedestrian — and pass on the left, like a car. Keep in mind this staggering statistic next time you hop on a bike and go to a party: 1 in 4 bicyclists killed had been drinking alcohol and had a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher. It might inspire you to at least wear a helmet. There are so many options at so many price points, we can help find one that both suits your style and fits your head properly.
Drivers: many of the same rules apply! Be predictable: signal your intentions so that others sharing the road can anticipate what to do. Turn off cell phones — #x don’t text and drive. Allow enough room when passing a bicycle. A single lane of traffic is not enough room for both a car and bicyclist. Children on bicycles need a wider berth since they can be unpredictable. If you do become involved in an accident and strike a bicyclist, stop and call 911.
Driving away from a crime is considered a hit and run. In NYS, a hit and run with property damage means a traffic infraction with fines and jail time up to 15 days. If injury is involved, it means a misdemeanor, jail time up to a year, and fines up to $1000. If it’s not your first infraction, it’s a class E felony and potential 4 year sentence!