In an effort to protect all pedestrians, particularly senior citizens and mothers pushing strollers, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is calling on the community to help keep bicyclists off the sidewalk because they pose a serious danger. Joining Hikind in this endeavor are the 66th Precinct andthe Boro Park Shomrim. Hikind met with both the 66th Precinct’s Commanding Officer John Sprague and Coordinator of the Boro Park Shomrim Jacob Daskal last week about this increasingly growing problem.
According to the New York City Traffic Rules and Regulations §407 (c)(3) and Administrative Code §19-176, it is illegal to ride on the sidewalk unless a sign allows for it or the wheels are less than 26 inches in diameter, and the rider is less than 12 years old. Bicycles ridden on the sidewalk may be confiscated and riders may be subject to legal penalties.
“This is all about education,” said Hikind. “I want those who would ordinarily ride their bike on the sidewalk to think twice before they do it.
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