Bike Laws Some important NYC bicycling laws: Yield to pedestrians. Stop at all red lights and signs. Ride in the direction of traffic. Stay off the sidewalk (unless you’re under 13). Use a white headlight and red taillight at night. Use a bell to signal your presence. Do not wear more than one earphone while riding. Bicyclists should always wear a helmet. Wear it: Snug and flat on your head. With side buckles adjusted to form a “V” at your ear. With chin strap buckled. With enough room to fit one or two fingers under the strap. Attend a Rules of the Road education class with Bike NY or learn about safe bicycling practices that are specific to NYC from the New York City Department of Transportation. View these educational videos to learn techniques for improving your ride, your rights as a bicyclist, and how to ride safely on the road. Become a safer rider through Traffic Skills 101, a free and convenient online course from the League of American Bicyclists.