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June 1 2015 by Sheela Education Question

Hi Sheela,

Bike New York hosts free learn to ride classes for adults at locations across the city nearly every weekend. Find out more and register for an upcoming class here.

Happy riding!

May 29 2015 by GK Legal Question

Hi GK,

Unfortunately, there is no way to expedite the legal process for traffic tickets short of pleading guilty. And in fact, court dates are often changed multiple times (Ask BikeNYC has heard of this happening as many as three consecutive times, delaying the hearing nearly two years).

However, if you're unable to attend a scheduled date, you should be able to request that your hearing be rescheduled to an alternate date (though not one of your choosing), by following the directions on the rear of the ticket. If directions are not given, there should be a website or phone number given where you can find out how to reschedule, though saint-like patience may be required to navigate that process.

Good luck!

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 28 2015 by Hampton Legal Question

Hi Hampton,

The fine for running a red light on your bike is $190. The failure to yield fine can vary based on specifics of the violation, but most likely it will be $50. If you choose to plead guilty, mail in a check for $240 before the due date indicated on the rear of the ticket(s). If the DMV determines you owe any additional funds, they'll send you a notice to pay the remainder, with no additional penalties incurred.  

The only way to ask for a traffic court judge's leniency would be to plead not guilty. And by doing so, you're contesting your guilt. So if you go that route, then admit you are guilty, the judge is not likely to do you any favors, first time or not. If you believe you have solid grounds to contest the charges, make sure to bring in whatever documentation possible to support your case (photos, maps, etc.), and if you are able to demonstrate that circumstances mitigated the situation, the judge may show leniency and reduce or dismiss the fine.

Good luck and ride safe!

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 28 2015 by Mark Legal Question

Hi Mark,

New York City bike paths are never directionally neutral. If you're riding in a bidirectional path, the two lanes of traffic will almost always be separated by a solid or dashed line, with the direction of travel indicated by street markings. Occasionally, you'll come across a counterflow lane -- a one-way bike lane which runs opposite the direction of oncoming traffic --  but these are well marked as such and not very common in NYC. Otherwise, you should assume that the path you're riding in is one-way and moves with the direction of traffic. 

Regardless, it's your responsibility to know the correct direction of travel when riding in a bike path. If you're unsure, stop by your local bike shop and ask for a free bike map, published by the New York City Department of Transportation. Otherwise, you'll risk another ticket for riding the wrong way, or even worse, a collision with another road user. 

Ride safe!

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 26 2015 by Lisa Education Question

Hi Lisa,

There are a number of current bike maintenance classes. Check out BikeNYC's events calendar for the most up-to-date listings.

 

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