NYC Bikers: Tell drivers what they need to know about sharing the road

Lindsay Abrams
Nov 2, 2016 · 2 min read
Rawle C. Jackman

New York’s streets aren’t just for cars anymore. Three quarters of a million New Yorkers regularly ride a bike, making use of the five boroughs’ thousand-plus miles of bike lanes. But cyclists are still outnumbered — and often overpowered — by drivers, and the city’s Vision Zero plan is far from being realized. A total of 170 people, including 17 cyclists, have died in traffic crashes this year, as of the end of September.

Anyone who studies for their driver’s license exam in New York and makes it to page 91 of the DMV manual learns that “bicyclists…have the right to share the road and travel in the same direction as motor vehicles.” But how to safely share the road is a question that’s being figured out in real time. The conversation isn’t always friendly, but it’s vitally important: We need new rules for the city’s new streets.

Do you ride your bike to work or school in New York City? Take it out for a spin on weekends? I want to hear about the laws and unofficial rules that keep you safe. What do drivers — and cyclists — need to know about sharing the road? Please use the below form to share your thoughts and experiences. (You can also access the form directly here; en Español.)

The intel you provide will be used in the compilation of a digital handbook, “The New Rules of the Road.” It may also be used in news articles about road safety issues. I will not identify you by name without your permission.

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Lindsay Abrams

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