Can I Ride A Cargo Bike In New York City?

You might be really into the idea that you’d like to get a cargo bike to zip through traffic in New York City. What a great idea!

But let’s not get too excited too quickly, there are laws you might want to look into before going out and buying that dream cargo bike…

New York City Law On Cargo Bikes

All cargo bikes are prohibited from any travel on sidewalks or other non-designated biking area. Bikers must stay in designated bike lanes, whether protected or not.

If a commercial bicyclist fails to comply with such ordinances, they are subject to fines mandated by the city’s department of transportation.

Keeping safe, and following commercial biking rules is the number one way to keep cargo bike transportation efficient, and productive.

Cargo Bikes For Business Use

All businesses that employ commercial bicyclist must posses and post the standard commercial bicyclist safety poster in an area that is highly visible.

Additionally, these posters should be available in a multitude of popular languages.

In addition to posters, businesses with cargo bikes must have an updated roster of each commercial bicyclist that is employed.

The roster should include: bicyclist name, address, date of employment, and proof that the commercial bike safety course has been completed.

Businesses are also required to properly outfit each cargo bike and bicyclist. Each cyclist should be wearing reflective apparel with the business name and number displayed on the back.

Cyclists should also be properly equipped with a suitable, functioning helmet and a business identification card. As for the cargo bike, each bike should be affixed with an audible device, a headlight, functional brakes, wheel reflectors, and a business licenses sign attached to the rear of the bike.

Do You Need A License To Ride A Cargo Bike?

You do not need a driving licence and you can ride them everywhere you can ride a bike including roads, cycle lanes and bus lanes.

How much do they cost? Cargo bikes like all vehicles vary in price depending on your particular needs.

Can I Bring A Cargo Bike On A Train?

Unfortunately not. Cargo Bikes are not permitted on trains as they take too much space.

NYC Bike Laws For Better Commuting

  • Ride in the street, not on the sidewalks (unless rider is age 12 or younger and the bicycle’s wheels are less than 26 inches in diameter).
  • Ride with traffic, not against it.
  • Stop at red lights and stop signs. Obey all traffic signals, signs and pavement markings, and exercise due care to avoid colliding with pedestrians, motor vehicles or other cyclists. At red lights, wait for the green light and/or the bike or pedestrian signal.
  • Go with the walk, unless there’s a bike signal or sign, cross the intersection when the pedestrian signal shows the “walk”.
  • Use marked bike lanes or paths when available, except when making turns or when it is unsafe to do so. If the road is too narrow for a bicycle and a car to travel safely side by side, you have the right to ride in the middle of the travel lane. Bicycling is permitted on all main and local streets throughout the City, even when no designated route exists.
  • Use a white headlight and a red taillight, as well as a bell or horn and reflectors.