On September 25, 2016, the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) will be sponsoring the inaugural CycleNY Finger Lakes Ride. The one day ride consists of two routes, a 30 mile and 60 mile trail, which both begin and end at Wagner Vineyard Estate Winery, Lodi, New York. This area sits just off the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, between that and Cayuga Lake. The host of the event is Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery, which will provide some of the best Finger Lake wines and brews when cyclists return from their rides. Tickets to the event are $50 and include a post ride lunch, beverage ticket for sampling a Wagner’s wine or brew, and annual membership to NYBC.
The NYBC is a state-wide bicycle advocacy group that believes in creating a fully integrated transportation system across the New York State’s roadways for bicyclists, but also seeks to create co-existence between bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. Their most recent fight has been a long battle to get New York’s legislature to pass a “3 Feet Safe Passing Law.” This would force drivers to give a minimum of three feet between their vehicle and cyclist on the road when passing.
The NYBC has also advocated for NY State Legislators to amend the legal definition of an electric bicycle, commonly called an “e-bike.” These bicycles have a small, low powered electric motor that assists a biker when accelerating, riding up hills or against the wind. Under federal law, e-bikes have been distinguished from motorcycles, mopeds, and motor vehicles. However, under New York State law e-bikes are considered “low speed vehicles.” According to the DMV, these motorized devices cannot be registered or operated on New York State sidewalks, streets, or highways.
At LaMarche Safranko Law, we encourage pedestrian and bicycle safety through our organization, the Road Sharing Alliance, which brings the community together in order to promote safety on the roads for pedestrians, runners, bicyclists, and drivers alike. We applaud that efforts of the NYBC and support their mission to create safer roads for all. Safety is always a concern for a cyclist but unfortunately crashes happen too often. Being struck by a car while riding a bicycle is a horrific experience, not only because of the personal injury that results, but because of the inevitable loss of wages, the medical bills, and other unforeseen expenses that are associated with these accidents.
At LaMarche Safranko Law we will continue to advocate for pedestrians, runners and bicyclists in and out of the court room.
If you or someone you know has suffered personal injury due to a pedestrian or bicycle accident, please contact us today for a free consultation.
 Motorized devices that cannot be registered in New York, DMV (August 2016).