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Bike Rules 001

On May 10th while crossing Manhattan Avenue and India Street, Heidi Karlsen, as a pedestrian with the right of way, was struck by cyclist Aineel Rolle who admitted he was unable to stop at a red light. Karlsen revealed to “DNA Info”, due to the injuries this incident inflicted, she is facing at least $25,000 in medical bills and lost wages. She suffered fractures to her skull, collarbone, and foot.

The cyclist despite his full admission in the police report has not been arrested or issued a summons. The reasons for this (as reported to “DNA Info”) are that the officers who responded to the incident didn’t witness the crash and that the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad only collects evidence and seeks witnesses when pedestrians are more seriously injured.

“There’s just no accountability. They can just knock anyone into the street and never have to pay a dime. He just goes on his merry way, riding around,” Karlsen said to “DNA Info”.

Here’s a little refresher course on those rules of the road that seem to be the most unobserved by cyclists. (From the Department of Transportation’s Bicycle Rules)

Compliance with Traffic Rules

The provisions of NYC Traffic Rules are applicable to bicycles and their operators. That means all traffic rules that apply to automobiles.

Traffic Signals: Red

Traffic facing such signal shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection and shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown.

Red means stop if you are on four wheels, two wheels, or two legs. However, some cyclists see themselves immune to the red. (Pedestrians are guilty of this too, but in most cases they at least come to a full stop on red, and they have less potential to cause others bodily harm.)


No driving bikes on sidewalks, unless sign allows or wheels are less than 26 inches in diameter and the rider is 12-years-old or younger. Bicycles ridden on sidewalks may be confiscated and riders may be subject to legal sanctions.

Driver’s hand on steering device

Driver of bicycle must have one hand on steering device or handlebars.

Audio Devices

Rider cannot wear more than one earphone attached to radio, tape player, or other audio device while riding.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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