Q: Is it legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk?

Posted On: February 11th, 2016

A: It’s pretty much a given that cars shouldn’t be driven on sidewalks, but laws regarding bicycling on sidewalks are set by local jurisdictions in New York. This means it may be perfectly legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in one city, but not in the next town.

Is it legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk? Photo by Colin and Sarah Northway via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Colin and Sarah Northway via Wikimedia Commons

Some local jurisdictions don’t regulate sidewalk biking; others make it a ticketable offense. Still others make exceptions to their sidewalk-biking prohibitions for children under a certain age. For example, New York City only allows children under 13 to ride on sidewalks, and only if the bike’s wheels are less than 26 inches in diameter. In Albany you have to be under 10 to ride on the sidewalk. It’s illegal to ride on sidewalks in Saratoga Springs only in business districts and on sidewalks and roadways where the Chief of Police has posted signs.

LaMarche Safranko Law Can Help

If you are are injured in a car accident while walking, jogging or riding a bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. Skilled legal representation can help make sure you are compensated to the fullest extent possible, whether you choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit or settle out-of-court. If you are injured in the Capital Region – in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Clifton Park, Saratoga or elsewhere in the Capital District – please call the personal injury lawyers of Lamarche Safranko Law PLLC  for a free consultation.

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If you or a loved one have been involved in a pedestrian or bicycle accident with a motor vehicle, contact the personal injury attorneys at LaMarche Safranko Law for a free consultation, or call (518) 982-0770. We have law offices in Albany, Clifton Park, and Plattsburgh NY, and we are available to take your call 24 hours a day.

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