In the spirit of the beginning of Spring, many city dwellers are starting to think about spending more time outdoors, and cyclists are itching to get back on the road. This cycling nerd has a funny way of putting his thoughts in summary about the rules of cycling in NYC.
If you are just starting off, or have been an avid city cyclist for years, or just a human being experiencing life, here are some rules (spoken and unspoken) that we should all remember when we are all coming out of hibernation this season.
1. ALWAYS ASSUME THAT NOBODY HAS SEEN YOU
If there is one rule you should know, it should be this one. There are rules like when to cross the street and who has the right of way, but as a cyclist you can’t afford getting hit. You must assume that people haven’t seen you when you are manoeuvring around your space. Also, cycling infrastructure is not necessarily set up for your convenience everywhere you go – it is important to take that into account for your safety, because this will make things harder.
2. WEAR A HELMET
No explanation needed.
3. IF YOUR BIKE IS YOUR BABY, DON’T LEAVE IT OUT ON THE STREETS
An expensive bike or a bike with detachable expensive parts will get stolen. A good rule of thumb is: if it’s worth enough to steal, it’s worth enough to keep your bike in a safe place.
5. LEARN BASIC CYCLING RULES
Learn basic cycling rules such as proper signalling and where you are allowed to bike. Remember that some signals can differ depending on where you are, and that taking the lane is a real rule that no one seems to respect – assert your space! Better to be seen and slow a driver down than to not be seen and to get hit.
Remember to stay safe out there, and happy spring!