Is It Legal to Bike on the Sidewalk in New York City?
New York City is one of the most pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly cities in the United States. The Big Apple’s walkability and plethora of bike lanes means the majority of New Yorkers have abandoned cars for more eco-friendly options. As accommodating as it is to cyclists, is it legal to bike on the sidewalk in New York City? The answer is pretty straightforward:
No. It is illegal to bike on the sidewalk in New York City.
The only exception to the rule is if the rider is a child (age 12 or under) and the diameter of their bicycle’s wheels is under 26 inches. Although riding your bike on the sidewalk is prohibited for everyone over the age of 12, walking with your bike on the sidewalk is allowed.
Keeping sidewalks free of cyclists is safer for pedestrians and riders alike. Luckily, there are plenty of other options around New York City for people in search of places to ride — because biking on a sidewalk in NYC can result in some serious consequences.
What Are the Penalties for Biking on the Sidewalk in New York City?
Biking on a sidewalk is considered a misdemeanor in New York City. The penalties for doing so can include:
- Hundreds of dollars in fines
- Bicycle confiscation
- Up to twenty days in prison
If your bike is taken, you may be responsible for impound fees and/or unable to retrieve your bike until all fines or bail has been paid. You are entitled to a hearing with the environmental control board within five business days of your bike being impounded. You can avoid the holding fees or receive a refund if the environmental control board rules in your favor.
Support from Brooklyn Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices focuses in personal injury law, representing the victims of serious accidents. We understand that bicyclists are some of the most at-risk drivers on the road, and an accident while biking can be devastating. The injuries resulting from a bicycle accident can cause severe injuries, resulting in hefty medical bills and weeks of lost wages. If you or a member of your family have been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices for a free consultation.
We have offices located in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. To reach Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices, call us at (718) 690-3132, or complete our online form.