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Biking rocks. (LarimdaME / Flickr)
You’ve already got some great tips on how to stay safe cycling in the city. So you’re almost ready to hop on that bike, you eco-friendly rider, you. But first, it’s time to see if you’re a Vision Hero and test your biking #StreetSmarts.
Don't underestimate car doors. How many feet away should you ride from parked cars?
If you do get "doored," it's the driver's fault. But that doesn't mean it won't hurt.
You're riding around the city and you're over 13. Where do you ride?
The street, riding against traffic
The street, riding with traffic
NYC laws say it's cool to ride on the sidewalk if you're over 13 if it's the safest thing to do, but generally you want to stick in the street, especially if there's a bike lane. And ride WITH traffic, not AGAINST it.
You're heading into a bodega to grab a bottle of water. It's going to be a few minutes, tops. Should you lock up your bike?
Yeah -- unfortunately, bike thieves love NYC.
Nah, it should be okay for a few minutes.
Even if it will only be out of sight for a minute, ya' gotta lock it up. You don't want your $1 bottle of water to cost you your $300 bike.
True or false: When I'm biking, I automatically have the right of way and don't need to follow signs or signals or yield to cars.
True. Just roll with it!
False. The rules of the road apply to everyone, including bikers!
And even when you have the right of way, remember not every driver follows those rules. Make sure to stay alert!