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May 4 2015 by Margaux Legal Question

Hi Margaux,

Based on the limited info you've shared, it sounds like the license suspension may have been due to administrative oversight, either on their part or yours. If the former, you should register an account on the DMV's website, which will allow you to contact someone there and attempt to remove the suspension on your license without having to pay the $70 fine (DMV tip courtesy of bike attorney Steve Vaccaro). 

Good luck!

May 6 2015 by Eddie Legal Question

Hi Eddie,

You're within your legal right to contest any traffic ticket, and this sidewalk ticket is no exception. While your age may have an impact on the judge's decision should you choose to plead not guilty, seventeen-year-olds are technically not minors in New York State, and in all odds, the court is unlikely to show leniency, given bicycles are "subject to all the duties of the driver of a motor vehichle" (VTL §1231) and just like motor vehicle operators, bicyclists are expected to know the rules of the road. 

If you were charged with a misdemeanor for riding on the sidewalk, you should seek legal counsel from an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, show up on the specified date, and a public defender will represent you free of charge.    

Good luck!

The information on this site does not constitute legal or medical advice and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a legal or healthcare professional, and should not be relied on for legal or medical advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.

April 29 2015 by Matt Legal Question

Hi Matt,

Yes, you can still be issued a DMV citation while cycling regardless of whether you have a driver's license or not. 

Good luck! 

The information on this site does not constitute legal or medical advice and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a legal or healthcare professional, and should not be relied on for legal or medical advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.

May 3 2015 by Kelley

Hi Kelley,

Check out Spinlister, the peer-to-peer bike rental service, where you can find bikes ranging from featherweight road cycles to beach cruisers.

If you'd prefer to rent from a brick-and-mortar shop, read NYCC's guide to road bike rentals in New York.

 

April 1 2015 by Isaac Legal Question

Hi Isaac,

The letter of the law (VTL § 1231) says "Bicyclists are granted all the rights and subject to all the duties of the driver of a motor vehicle," however Ask BikeNYC has never heard of a bicyclist being ticketed for riding within the bus lane on a two-way street. 

Ultimately, the law is not entirely clear regarding these circumstances. You're own safety should always come first.

The information on this site does not constitute legal or medical advice and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a legal or healthcare professional, and should not be relied on for legal or medical advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.

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