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April 16 2014 by Sonia Education Question

Hi Sonia, NYC has some great bicycling resources for kids. Bike New York hosts free recurring Learn to Ride — Kids classes in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Roosevelt Island, and the New York City Dept. of Transportation holds free helmet fitting giveaways throughout the year (check their calendar for full details). Happy pedaling!

May 12 2014 by Anonymous Legal Question

Here's what NYC bike accident lawyer Adam White had to say:  

In NY, cyclists need to obey steady red lights the same way motorists do. Though many cyclists treat them as if they were flashing red lights as you appear to have done, such action violates the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Therefore, if you to go to court and argue these facts, you would lose on the merits. This does not mean that the ticket can’t be dismissed on other technical grounds. Remember, however, if the ticket imposes mandatory surcharges of $88 and this is apparent from the back of the ticket, you should deduct them from the ticket as they only apply to motorists. If it is not apparent from the ticket that the $190 includes these “mandatory” surcharges, then pay the whole amount.

Disclaimer: the legal information presented on this site is not intended to offer legal or medical advice. The content on this website is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the professional judgment of a legal and/or healthcare professional, and you should not rely upon any material or statements in this website for legal or medical advice. It is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship.

May 5 2014 by Dominic V. Legal Question

Hi Dominic, here's what bike crash lawyer Adam White had to say:

Riding on the sidewalk is a violation of the Administrative Code of NYC and technically is a criminal violation and winds up in criminal court. Depending on where the ticket was issued, one can figure out which criminal court to go to, though I have seen tickets issued in Brooklyn result in mandatory appearances at 346 Broadway, Manhattan Criminal Court as opposed to the Community Court in Red Hook. I recommend going to the clerk of the NYC Criminal Court in the borough where the ticket was issued or the one I just mentioned if that does not work and have them look it up.

Disclaimer: the legal information presented on this site is not intended to offer legal or medical advice. The content on this website is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the professional judgment of a legal and/or healthcare professional, and you should not rely upon any material or statements in this website for legal or medical advice. It is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship.

May 16 2014 by K Thomas Education Question

Bike New York hosts an ongoing series of free Learn to Ride classes for adults of all ages. Happy pedaling! 

May 15 2014 by DC Membership Question

HI DC, congrats on becoming a Transportation Alternatives member! In addition to getting discounts on T.A. borough tours like the Tour de Brooklyn, you'll get member discounts at over 150 bike shops throughout the city and know that you're dues go to supporting safer streets for cyclists and pedestrians throughout the five boroughs. 

You should receive your membership card and t-shirt in the mail within two weeks. See you at the Tour de Brooklyn!

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