Bike Smart!

Riding a bike in New York City has never been safer. New York City has installed more than 390 lane-miles of bicycle routes since 2002, and there are now more than 700 miles of bike lanes city-wide including parks and greenways.

Citi Bikes will prominently feature important safety rules.

Bike share bikes are exceptionally safe, and will feature:

  • Durable frames
  • Bells
  • Lights that illuminate whenever you’re riding, day or night
  • Secure docking stations

Learn more about bike share bikes from Alta Bicycle Share.

Safe Cycling in NYC

When using bike share or riding your own bike, share the streets responsibly!

Cyclists in New York City must:

  • Ride on the street, not on the sidewalks (unless rider is age 12 or younger)
  • Ride with traffic, not against it.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Obey all traffic laws

Ready to Ride?

Need a helmet? NYC DOT has distributed more than 50,000 free helmets to New York City residents.  Learn how to get yours.

Download Bike Smart: The Offical Guide to Cycling in New York City (pdf). This helpful guide contains information on rules for cyclists, how to use new bike facilities such as protected lanes and bike boxes and more.

Download the official NYC Bike map or call 311 to order a paper copy.