Ready to take a ride through Central Park? Before you hop on your bike and start peddling away, make sure you know the rules of the road so you can stay safe. Learning the rules of bike riding isn’t hard, but it is important. Some rules are more complicated than others, but here are a few simple ones that you can easily remember while Central Park cycling.
Wear a Helmet
This is possibly one of the most important rules you can follow. Nobody ever plans on being in a bike accident, but it can happen. If you are wearing a helmet, you have a much better chance of walking away from the accident without a serious injury. If you do not have your own helmet, your bike rental company can supply you with one. Remember, if you have children riding on your bike with you, they also need to wear helmets.
Yield for Pedestrians
There is a lot of foot traffic in New York and especially in Central Park. You must yield for pedestrians while on your bicycle. That means that if someone is attempting to cross a street that you are riding on, you must stop and let them pass. You should also avoid swerving in and out of pedestrian traffic, as this could cause accidents and injuries. You should not ride your bicycle on the sidewalk.
Don’t Text and Ride
Just like texting and driving can be dangerous, texting and riding a bicycle can be just as dangerous as well. If you are staring at your phone and using your hands to text, you aren’t paying close enough attention to the road or steering your bike well. If you need to use the phone while Central Park cycling, take a break and stop to do so.
Cycling is one of the best ways to get around New York City and see Central Park. As long as you follow the rules and stay alert, your cycling experience should be good. Keep in mind that there are many rules and laws that apply to cyclists. Everyone deserves to enjoy NYC and Central Park. Keep that in mind when you are cycling around the city.
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