Ice cream for kids practicing bike safety

BROADALBIN — The village police department will be handing out Stewart’s ice cream tickets for those children, K through 12 observed wearing their helmets and obeying the New York state Bike Laws. The department will also hand out helmets to those who may need a helmet. Officers will be using social distancing while awarding children for practicing bicycle safety.

A child five or more years of age, but less than 14 years of age, must wear an approved helmet.

The state Vehicle and Traffic Law does not expressly regulate sidewalk bicycling. However, state General Municipal Law states that municipalities can regulate bike riding on sidewalks. They cannot require that bicyclists use a sidewalk instead of a public roadway, but they can impose limits to sidewalk bicycling. It is up to individual municipalities to regulate sidewalk cycling as they see fit.

The following is a summary of New York state Bike Laws:

∫ VTL 1122 The operator of a vehicle overtaking, from behind, a bicycle proceeding on the same side of a roadway shall pass to the left of such bicycle at a safe distance until safely clear thereof.

∫ VTL 1234 (b) Persons riding bicycles or skating or gliding on in-line skates upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast.

∫ VTL 1234 (c) Any person operating a bicycle or skating or gliding on in-line skates who is entering the roadway from a private road, driveway, alley or over a curb shall come to a full stop before entering the roadway.

∫ VTL 1236. Lamps and other equipment on bicycles. (a) Every bicycle when in use during the period from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible during hours of darkness from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a red or amber light visible to the rear for 300 feet and at least one of these lights shall be visible for 200 feet from each side.

(b) No person shall operate a bicycle unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least 100 feet, except that a bicycle shall not be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren or whistle.

∫ RCNY 4-12 (e) – Cyclists must have at least one hand on handlebars at all times.

By Patricia Older

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