Elm City Bike Safety Campaign

Did you know that you can be ticketed for riding your bike on the sidewalks in New Haven? Many people do this each day and are not aware of the rules. Elm City Cycling, a local non-profit, in collaboration with Street Smarts, a local pedestrian safety campaign, are helping to spread the awareness of such rules through their bike advocacy programs. Green Lanes were rolled out this summer downtown to allow bicyclists to have a clearly marked place to ride their bike safely on the road. For more information on this program visit: http://elmcitycycling.org/category/bike-advocacy/bike-plan/greenlanenhv/

They’ve put together the following Bike Safety Tips:

  • Be predictable when riding in traffic
  • Wear a helmet
  • Lock your bicycle
  • Be visible, wear reflective clothing
  • Record your bicycle serial number

The rules were established to ensure that pedestrians are safe and have the right-of-way on the sidewalk. Many of us have witnessed near misses while walking downtown. It is important to adhere to the following rules as to avoid injuries and tickets.

Your Responsibilities:

  • NHCO 29-20: Cyclists may not ride on sidewalks.
  • CGS 14-286c: Use hand signals when turning, stopping or merging.
  • CGS 14-286: Move in the direction of traffic and always obey traffic signals and signs.
  • CGS 14-288: Use lights when riding at night.

Your Rights:

  • CGS 14-232: Drivers must give 3 feet of space on all sides
  • PA 14-31: The Vulnerable User law protects cyclists
  • CGS 14-286ba: Ride as far to the right as you judge safe.

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