New York Bicycling Coalition

New York Bicycling Coalition The New York Bicycling Coalition is the premier resource for bicycling advocacy and information in New York State. We work every day to make New York a more bicycle-friendly state.

Check out our website at www.nybc.net Interim Executive Director: Kyle Hatch

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The 6th principle of traffic law: Get in the correct intersection position before you arrive there. Get in the rightmost...
07/14/2021

The 6th principle of traffic law: Get in the correct intersection position before you arrive there. Get in the rightmost lane that goes in the direction you’ll be going. Make your intention obvious with your visible position. Prevent right hooks & left crosses by taking the lane.

The 6th principle of traffic law: Get in the correct intersection position before you arrive there. Get in the rightmost lane that goes in the direction you’ll be going. Make your intention obvious with your visible position. Prevent right hooks & left crosses by taking the lane.

The 5th principle of traffic law: Lane positioning. Ride far enough to the right to allow faster users to overtake. When...
07/14/2021

The 5th principle of traffic law: Lane positioning. Ride far enough to the right to allow faster users to overtake. When there’s not enough space to share a lane, a cyclist can move into the center to deter unsafe passing. Before changing lanes, make sure the way is clear.

The 5th principle of traffic law: Lane positioning. Ride far enough to the right to allow faster users to overtake. When there’s not enough space to share a lane, a cyclist can move into the center to deter unsafe passing. Before changing lanes, make sure the way is clear.

The 4th principle of traffic law: Speed Positioning. Generally parked cars are rightmost next to the curb, with the slow...
07/14/2021

The 4th principle of traffic law: Speed Positioning. Generally parked cars are rightmost next to the curb, with the slowest road users beside them. Faster traffic tends to move closer to the center line. Cyclists should be accustomed to cars coming up behind them on their left.

The 4th principle of traffic law: Speed Positioning. Generally parked cars are rightmost next to the curb, with the slowest road users beside them. Faster traffic tends to move closer to the center line. Cyclists should be accustomed to cars coming up behind them on their left.

The 3rd principle of traffic law: Yield to cross traffic. Drivers on less busy roads, including driveways, must yield to...
07/14/2021

The 3rd principle of traffic law: Yield to cross traffic. Drivers on less busy roads, including driveways, must yield to traffic on busier roads. Yielding means looking until you see that no traffic is so close as to be a danger. Wait until the way is clear before proceeding.

The 3rd principle of traffic law: Yield to cross traffic. Drivers on less busy roads, including driveways, must yield to traffic on busier roads. Yielding means looking until you see that no traffic is so close as to be a danger. Wait until the way is clear before proceeding.

The 2nd principle of traffic law all road users must abide by: Ride with traffic, not against it. That means in the US, ...
07/14/2021

The 2nd principle of traffic law all road users must abide by: Ride with traffic, not against it. That means in the US, we tend to ride on the right hand side. Many children hear through the grapevine that it’s safer to ride against traffic on the left, but this isn’t true!

The 2nd principle of traffic law all road users must abide by: Ride with traffic, not against it. That means in the US, we tend to ride on the right hand side. Many children hear through the grapevine that it’s safer to ride against traffic on the left, but this isn’t true!

Fundamental principles of traffic law govern the actions of all road users. Principle 1, First Come, First Served, means...
07/14/2021

Fundamental principles of traffic law govern the actions of all road users. Principle 1, First Come, First Served, means that every vehicle on the road is entitled to the space they are using, with clearance behind & to each side & with reasonable stopping distance in front.

Fundamental principles of traffic law govern the actions of all road users. Principle 1, First Come, First Served, means that every vehicle on the road is entitled to the space they are using, with clearance behind & to each side & with reasonable stopping distance in front.

Sidewalk riders of all ages must obey traffic signs & signals. Young kids should stop completely even at intersections w...
07/09/2021

Sidewalk riders of all ages must obey traffic signs & signals. Young kids should stop completely even at intersections without signs & signals, making sure the way is clear before proceeding. Some municipalities require walking bikes through crosswalks.

Even though sidewalks are safer for youngsters, sidewalks aren’t free from dangerous situations. This primarily comes fr...
07/09/2021

Even though sidewalks are safer for youngsters, sidewalks aren’t free from dangerous situations. This primarily comes from motorists backing out of their driveways. Kids need to take a good look at every driveway to make sure the way is clear before proceeding.

Even though sidewalks are safer for youngsters, sidewalks aren’t free from dangerous situations. This primarily comes from motorists backing out of their driveways. Kids need to take a good look at every driveway to make sure the way is clear before proceeding.

Faster sidewalk users like cyclists have to yield to pedestrians. Walkers, joggers & wheelchair users don’t have to get ...
07/04/2021

Faster sidewalk users like cyclists have to yield to pedestrians. Walkers, joggers & wheelchair users don’t have to get out of the cyclist’s way (though they should stick to the right too). Young cyclists should learn to pass pedestrians courteously when an opportunity arises.

Riding on the right is an essential habit to instill early. Even when cycling on sidewalks, young kids should learn to r...
06/14/2021

Riding on the right is an essential habit to instill early. Even when cycling on sidewalks, young kids should learn to ride on the right hand side. As a constant reminder, consider writing an R on their right hand that is clearly visible when their hands are on the handlebars.

Riding on the right is an essential habit to instill early. Even when cycling on sidewalks, young kids should learn to ride on the right hand side. As a constant reminder, consider writing an R on their right hand that is clearly visible when their hands are on the handlebars.

Before any ride begins, be sure your child puts on their helmet. Also teach them to give their bike a quick look-over (“...
06/05/2021

Before any ride begins, be sure your child puts on their helmet. Also teach them to give their bike a quick look-over (“ABC Quick Check”) before getting on. Be sure the bike is equipped with a bell and if riding at night, a white light in front and a red light in the rear.

Before any ride begins, be sure your child puts on their helmet. Also teach them to give their bike a quick look-over (“ABC Quick Check”) before getting on. Be sure the bike is equipped with a bell and if riding at night, a white light in front and a red light in the rear.

ACT NOW and support life- saving legislation to support bicyclists and pedestrians in every corner of NYS.
06/01/2021
Support the New York Crash Victim Rights & Safety Act

ACT NOW and support life- saving legislation to support bicyclists and pedestrians in every corner of NYS.

I just took action to demand that the New York State Legislature pass the Crash Victim Rights & Safety Act.

Doctors say young kids have not developed the coordination, motor skills or peripheral vision to safely ride their bike ...
05/29/2021

Doctors say young kids have not developed the coordination, motor skills or peripheral vision to safely ride their bike in traffic. For this reason, many municipalities require kids under 13 to bike on the sidewalk or separate bike facility when an adult is absent.

Doctors say young kids have not developed the coordination, motor skills or peripheral vision to safely ride their bike in traffic. For this reason, many municipalities require kids under 13 to bike on the sidewalk or separate bike facility when an adult is absent.

Let's address racial inequities in bicycling.  Register for this free webinar with Charles T. Brown of Equitable Cities ...
05/25/2021
Arrested Mobility: Addressing the Racial Inequities in Bicycling - Scenic Hudson

Let's address racial inequities in bicycling. Register for this free webinar with Charles T. Brown of Equitable Cities courtesy of our friends at Scenic Hudson.

May. 27, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - This upcoming webinar will explore the many adverse impacts of over-policing on BIPOC bicyclists and discuss the role that community organizing and transportation planning can play in achieving racial equality in transportation and mobility.

"We consider traffic crashes ‘accidents,’ that nobody’s at fault, when in reality there’s probably conduct that could’ve...
05/17/2021
No criminal charges for many drivers in crashes that kill pedestrians, bicyclists

"We consider traffic crashes ‘accidents,’ that nobody’s at fault, when in reality there’s probably conduct that could’ve been avoided and that could’ve saved a life," said Daniel Flanzig, a New York Bicycling Coalition board member.

Long Island roads are among the deadliest to walk and bike on in the state, but few drivers involved in crashes that kill pedestrians and bicyclists face criminal charges, a Newsday data analysis foun

The Ocean Parkway Greenway is awesome! For Nassau County residents, you can ride from the mainland in Seaford to Captree...
05/16/2021
Can you spare a minute to help Martin Buchman?

The Ocean Parkway Greenway is awesome! For Nassau County residents, you can ride from the mainland in Seaford to Captree State Park and go to any beach along the way. Each cyclist is one less car. However, car-free access is not available for Suffolk County residents. This can be fixed without major construction by converting the north bound lane on the Robert Moses Causeway to a bike lane. Help make bike to the beach a reality for Suffolk County Residents too! And even Nassau County residents may enjoy doing the loop. DOT will only do it if pressured. Please help by signing and sharing this petition. Thank you!

Let's Finally Build the Robert Moses Causeway Bikeway!

You may get tired of us shouting out about this new law, but we can't stop being excited about the new 3 foot law that h...
04/27/2021
New Suffolk County Law Forces Drivers To Give Bicyclists Extra Room

You may get tired of us shouting out about this new law, but we can't stop being excited about the new 3 foot law that has been passed in Suffolk County! Many thanks to Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone , Kara Hahn and Daniel Flanzig for all the effort and work to get this done! So proud to be the first county in New York State!

A new law signed Tuesday in Suffolk County forces drivers to give bicyclists extra room on the road. The law, the first of its kind in the state, comes with stiff fines and is meant to save lives; CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reports.

ROBERT MOSES CAUSEWAY BRIDGE BIKE PATH - ADVOCACY ALERT!The Ocean Parkway Greenway is now complete but Suffolk County Re...
04/23/2021
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ROBERT MOSES CAUSEWAY BRIDGE BIKE PATH - ADVOCACY ALERT!

The Ocean Parkway Greenway is now complete but Suffolk County Residents have no access to this world class greenway from the mainland. There is a way you can help! The Robert Moses Causeway Bridge has three lanes going north and two lanes going south. By taking one of the northbound lanes and converting it to a two-way bike lane you have almost instant access. In case of emergency evacuations all the southbound lanes and the bike lane can be converted to northbound emergency use. NY DOT has already investigated this as a feasible project. If you live in newly elected Congreesman Garbarino's district: https://garbarino.house.gov please give him a call and/or email him to let him know you want him to take advantage of earmark funds that can be used to finance part of this important access project. More federal funds will be coming down the pike under the new administration to fund the rest of the project but he needs to hear from you before April 29th! Thanks but don't wait for others to do it for you, this small task can get big results.

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Phone: (516) 541-4225

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Did you know there is a bill to enact the #IdahoStop in NYS? Tell your legislators to support S920/A3104 sponsored by NY...
04/19/2021
S920/A3104 – Cycling Advocacy Alert

Did you know there is a bill to enact the #IdahoStop in NYS? Tell your legislators to support S920/A3104 sponsored by NYS Senator Rachel May and Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy to make our roads safer for people on bicycles. https://completegeorge.org/7-non-gwb/2021-01-idaho-stop/ The safety impact of passing this bill is clear. When a similar bill was passed in Delaware, bicycle crashes at intersections were significantly reduced. https://www.bikede.org/delaware-yield-crash-data/#page-content

Fellow Cyclist, S920/A3104, which allows cyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign, and a red light as a stop sign, is now under consideration by NY State Senate and Assembly. To help enact the…

03/26/2021
Main Street News: Dan Flanzig, NYBC

Board Member Daniel Flanzig sits down with Eric Alexander of Vision Long to discuss the current work of NYBC and our legislative agenda for 2021.

We did it!!! After 6 years of lobbying for a 3' foot law in N.Y. we finally got one passed in Suffolk County. Thank you ...
03/17/2021
Suffolk lawmakers OK bill giving bicyclists more room on the road

We did it!!! After 6 years of lobbying for a 3' foot law in N.Y. we finally got one passed in Suffolk County. Thank you Legislator Hahn for your relentless fight on this issue. Now onto the rest of the State!

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Motorists in Suffolk County may soon have to give bicyclists extra room on the road under a new county law that backers say would be the first of its kind in the state.

A majority of Suffolk County legislators voted Tuesday in favor of the bill, under which drivers could be fined $225 to $425 if they do not leave at least 3 feet between their cars and cyclists when passing them.

Supporters of the measure say it will make biking safer in a county that ranks among the most dangerous for the activity in the state.

"This is a concrete step we're taking for safety for bicyclists in Suffolk County," said Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), who introduced the item.

The New York Bicycling Coalition, which advocated for the law, praised the bill's passage. "I have no doubt that this is going to be a lifesaving measure," coalition board member Daniel Flanzig said.

Flanzig said no other county in New York has a 3-foot law.

The measure must still be signed by County Executive Steve Bellone to become law. His spokesman, Derek Poppe, on Tuesday did not respond to a question about whether Bellone will sign.

At a subsequent public hearing, one of the dissenters, Legis. Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue) expressed concern about the feasibility of enforcing the 3-foot requirement on narrow, heavily trafficked roads in his North Fork district.

"If you have bicycles on either side of the road going in opposite directions, traffic would never be able to ever pass the bicycle," he said.

The passage of the 3-foot rule came a week after Bellone vetoed a measure, introduced by Legis. Rudy Sunderman (R-Shirley), that would have penalized reckless bicycling. Bellone's administration argued the bill was too broad and redundant with existing law.

On Tuesday, Hahn introduced her own reckless-cycling bill that she said was more narrowly targeted than Sunderman's.

The impetus for both scofflaw cyclist bills were so-called "ride-outs" — large groups of teenagers riding bikes together in ways motorists have found dangerous and threatening.

Another Hahn measure, the subject of a public hearing Tuesday, would require motorists to also give 3 feet of space to other "vulnerable road users," including pedestrians, highway workers and people in wheelchairs.

Long Island is among the most dangerous places for pedestrians and cyclists in the state, data shows.

In 2019, Nassau and Suffolk were the second and third deadliest counties in New York for cyclists, after only Kings County, Brooklyn, according to data collected by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research. They were the third and fourth deadliest counties for pedestrians, after Queens and Kings counties.

Twenty-six cyclists and 120 pedestrians were killed that year on Long Island, the data shows.

Motorists in Suffolk County may soon have to give bicyclists extra room on the road under a new county law that backers say would be the first of its kind in the state. A majority of Suffolk County le

This is HUGE: The New York State 3’ Safe Passing Law is now "In Committee." New York Bicycling Coalition has been workin...
12/31/2020
NY State Assembly Bill A547

This is HUGE: The New York State 3’ Safe Passing Law is now "In Committee." New York Bicycling Coalition has been working hard to make this happen. Please show your support by clicking below and choosing "Aye."Please support by sharing this as well. Thank YOU!

Relates to the operator of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle from behind; not less than three feet distance.

This is HUGE: The New York State 3’ Safe Passing Law is now "In Committee." New York Bicycling Coalition has been workin...
12/31/2020
NY State Assembly Bill A547

This is HUGE: The New York State 3’ Safe Passing Law is now "In Committee." New York Bicycling Coalition has been working hard to make this happen. Please show your support by clicking below and choosing "Aye." Let's make NY the 28th state to enact this law. Please support by sharing this as well. Thank YOU!

Relates to the operator of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle from behind; not less than three feet distance.

10/03/2020

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We have another sponsor! A huge thank you goes to Mineola Bicycle Club for supporting the The Stony Brookside CycleNY Lo...
09/30/2020

We have another sponsor! A huge thank you goes to Mineola Bicycle Club for supporting the The Stony Brookside CycleNY Long Island Ride. You rock! Thanks for supporting safe cycling in New York!

We have another sponsor! A huge thank you goes to Mineola Bicycle Club for supporting the The Stony Brookside CycleNY Long Island Ride. You rock! Thanks for supporting safe cycling in New York!

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