When you’re out on the road how many times do you see a bicycle and think “Oh no why aren’t they somewhere else!”….well guess what they are vehicles too and they have laws that apply to them! You can take our online class to learn more about bicycle safety.
Technically a bicycle is defined as: Every two or three wheeled device upon which a person or persons may ride, propelled by human power through a belt, a chain or gears, with such wheels in a tandem or tricycle, except that it shall not include such a device having solid tires and intended for use only on a sidewalk by pre-teenage children.
I haven’t seen any around here but a bike lane is, A portion of the roadway which has been designated by striping, signing and pavement markings for the preferential or exclusive use of bicycles.
A bike path like we have in Westchester and Putnam county is, a path physically separated from motorized vehicle traffic by an open space or barrier and either within the highway right-of-way or within an independent right-of-way and which is intended for the use of bicycles.
In past blogs I have talked about the dangers of distracted driving when it comes to cars but believe it or not this applies to bikes too! How many times have you seen a cyclist on the road with earphones and thought how will they hear traffic. Well interestingly enough the law is, “It shall be unlawful to operate upon any public highway in this state a motor vehicle, limited use automobile, limited use motorcycle or bicycle while the operator is wearing more than one earphone attached to a radio, tape player or other audio device.” Now I can’t say that I’ve seen any cyclists sending texts while driving but it wouldn’t be a good idea!
Stay tuned to this blog for more info about the rules of the road for cyclists! And as always, DRIVE SAFE!
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