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Tips for a Safe Ride

Remember, the tour is not a race. All NYC Century riders should feel comfortable riding on open roads alongside traffic. 

  • Always yield to walkers on shared paths and in the crosswalk.
  • Be a bicycling ambassador -- eye-contact, smiles and courtesy really work!
  • Follow all NYC Traffic Laws -- for information about NYC Traffic Laws, visit
  • Wear a helmet (required for children age 14 and under, and recommended for all).
  • Slow down in crowded areas.
  • Signal all turns and stops with an outstretched arm to the left or right.
  • Be vocal. Say "on your right" or "on your left" before passing.
  • Ride predictably and don’t make sudden stops.
  • Pavement conditions vary. Watch for potholes, broken pavement, glass and sunken manhole covers (pointing out pavement problems to fellow riders is always appreciated).
  • Slow down and stay in control of your bike, especially on long downhill sections.
  • Be especially alert when approaching intersections from bike paths.
  • Respect your environment and your neighbors. Dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.
  • Don't pass fellow riders on bridges.
  • Ride three feet from the curb and parked cars (especially important on commercial streets). Remember, the law states that you have the right to a full traffic lane.
  • Obey traffic lights and stops signs, and always ride with traffic. Under New York State law, bicycles are considered vehicles and are subject to the same rules (and penalties) as cars.
  • On one-way streets without a bike lane, ride on the left to avoid buses. On two-way streets, stay to the right.
  • For more great tips and the rules of the road, visit

Transportation Alternatives reserves the right to ask anyone being reckless or unsafe to surrender his or her bib and leave the ride.

The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation reminds you of the following rules for riding in NYC Parks:

  • Pedestrians always have the right of way.
  • Bicycling is not permitted on the park paths (dismount to enter the rest stop).
  • In Central and Prospect parks, bicyclists must travel in a counter-clockwise direction and obey all traffic signals and speed limits.
  • Since park roads will be closed to car traffic on the day of the NYC Century Bike Tour, please use the traffic lanes (the recreation lane on the left side of the roadway is for runners and walkers).
  • Be aware that authorized vehicles use the roads at all times.