While there can always be risks with any mode of transportation, bike share has proven to be relatively safe. The Citi Bike bicycles are built for stability and durability, and not built for speed. The bright blue color, loud bells and motion-activated lights also make the bikes more visible to cars and other cyclists. All of these factors reduce the possibility of getting into an accident. Of course, it is always recommended that riders wear helmets to greatly reduce the risk of head injury should an accident occur.
Before each ride, always be sure to adjust the seat to fit your height. It’s also a good idea to squeeze the brakes to make sure there’s good resistance, and to check the tires to make sure they’re not flat. Please see our Rules of the Road for more pre-ride safety tips.
In New Jersey, it is the law that cyclists under the age of 17 wear a helmet while riding. In New York, cyclists over the age of 13 are not required to wear a bike helmet, but it is always recommended for riders of all ages. Helmets have been proven to greatly reduce the risk of head injury in an accident.
If you don't own a helmet, you can purchase a Citi Bike helmet from our store here.
There are a few cycling laws and other riding tips that all riders should follow to help ensure a safe ride:
- Ride in the same direction as traffic
- Follow all traffic signs and signals
- Yield to pedestrians
- Stay off sidewalks
- Never ride distracted – wearing headphones in both ears is illegal, and it’s never a good idea to use your phone while riding
- Use hand signals when turning, and do not to weave in and out of traffic
There are public and private classes on topics such as bike commuting, bike skills for women, group riding, and even some specifically about using Citi Bike.
We’ve teamed up with Bike New York to offer free Citi Bike Street Skills classes – you’ll learn more about how to navigate the Citi Bike system and how to ride safely in the city. Register for a class today, and you'll be ready to ride in no time!