Proposed NYC Law Would Change Traffic Laws for Cyclists

by | December 11th, 2015

A New York City lawmaker is proposing a controversial new law that would allow cyclists to roll through red lights and stop signs without coming to a complete halt.

New York City Councilman, Antonio Reynoso, proposed the changes under the premise that it’s difficult for cyclists to start and stop motion at red lights and stop signs. The new law would require cyclists to only slow down and look in both directions before proceeding through traffic signs and lights.

Reynoso claims that adopting these practices would make riding in the city more convenient and could also potentially improve the flow of traffic by allowing bikes to move through intersections faster.

Many have opposed the changes though, arguing that the proposal would do little to improve safety and reduce New York bicycle accident rates.

While the proposal is being considered in New York City, an approval could affect the entire state. According to the New York Post, New York City bicycle laws are regulated by the state. So in order for the proposed changes to be enacted, the state legislator and the governor would have to approve the initiative.

The attorneys at William Mattar understand the important role regulations play in keeping cyclists safe. That’s why we encourage citizens to take a look at New York bicycle laws and safety tips. Doing so could help save your life.