NEW YORK (PIX11) -- New York police officers are halfway into the NYPD's citywide crackdown on rule-breaking cyclists, dubbed Operation Safe Cycle.
Bicyclists who are caught can be fined up to $270. And if they want to pay for their ticket online, they'll have to pony up an extra $88 and take extra points on their license.
So next time you hop on two wheels, don't end up like Alec Baldwin.
You can read all NYC bike laws here.
We put together some highlights, plus a list of top resources:
Follow the rules of the road
When you ride a bike, you have the same rights as when you drive a car. You are also subject to the same rules of the road. All riders must:
• Ride in the direction of traffic
• Use proper hand signs
• Stop at red light and stop signs
• Obey road signs
• Yield to pedestrians (i.e. no stopping in crosswalks or ride on sidewalks)
Where to ride
A map of all NYC bike lanes is available here. To map a specific route, visit ridethecity.com.
• Riders are required to use bike lanes and paths when they are available
• It’s against city law to obstruct a bike lane (but it happens!) In that case, riders can use the road to get around obstacles or unsafe conditions.
• Again, no riding on sidewalks (unless you are under age 12)
Where to park
Free public bike racks are available throughout the city, and thousands of new racks are added each year. You can view rack locations, here. While there are no clear guidelines for bike parking, avoid obstructing pedestrian walkways.
Riders under 14 must wear an approved helmet. Children under age 5 must ride in approved child carries, and may not operate a bike in any streets.
Becoming street legal
Bikes must have a bell or audible signal, something reflective on the bike or tires, and working breaks. Second passengers are only allowed if bike is equipped with a proper second seat.
Even the safest rider can end up in a jam. Cyclists involved in accidents resulting in death or injury to person or damage to property must stop and give name, address, insurance information, etc. and must report to the Police Department.
If you ride for a living, you are subject to additional regulations. Learn about them here.
These sites offer a wealth of additional information on biking the city:
• bikingrules.org is a robust guide to all things cycling in NYC
• Bike NYC. blogs about everything cycling-related
• Transportation Alternatives is an advocacy group for biking, walking and public transit
• CitiBike offers 24/7 bike sharing for under $100/year
• Bike New York offers free bike lessons for children and adults
• Get Up And Ride offers intimate bike tours that explore beyond the typical tourist routes
• Ride The City lets you map your route
• Official NYC Bike Route Map