New York City is witnessing an upsurge in the number of cyclists, but many of them do not obey traffic and helmet laws, according to a observational study by students and professors at Hunter College.
Among the more important findings of the study, which was released on Wednesday:
- Nearly 57 percent of the cyclists observed failed to stop red lights.
- About 13 percent of cyclists (and a quarter of cyclists under the age of 14) were observed riding against traffic.
- Almost 13 percent of cyclists (and more than half of cyclists under the age of 14) were observed riding on sidewalks.
- Nearly 14 percent of cyclists did not use a designated bike lane when one was available.
- Only 36 percent of cyclists wore helmets. About half of female riders wore helmets, compared with just about one-third of the males. Nearly half of the children under the age of 14, and nearly three-quarters of commercial cyclists — like messengers and delivery workers — did not wear a helmet, even though the law requires that both groups use helmets.
Study Finds Cyclists Disobey Traffic Laws
As for running red lights, [Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Transportation Alternatives] said, “It doesn’t surprise me to see high rates of traffic infractions on streets that do not have provisions for bicyclists.”
Spoken like someone who doesn't wear a helmet himself. You're supposed to stop at a red light even if you're in a bike lane, pal.