Cyclist Etiquette

According to State Law

  1. Bicyclists riding at night need a front white lamp, rear red lamp, and rear red reflector
  2. Bikes require a bell at all times
  3. Bikes require brakes
  4. Hitching rides on other vehicles is prohibited, as is driving the bike with feet off the pedals. Passengers go in equipped seats only.
  5. Bicyclists ride with traffic and have the same rights and duties as car drivers
  6. Anyone under 17 is required to wear a helmet

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According to City Law

Biking on sidewalks is not allowed in Jersey City.

Neither is chaining bikes to things other than bike racks, when bike racks are available, according to another municipal code, below.

§ 239-7. - Use of bicycles.

No person in a park shall:

A. Ride a bicycle on other than a paved vehicular road or path designated for that purpose. A bicyclist shall be permitted to wheel or push a bicycle by hand over any grassy area or wooded trail or on any paved area reserved for pedestrian use.B.Ride a bicycle other than on the right-hand side of the road paving as close as conditions permit, and bicycles shall be kept in single file when two or more are operating as a group. Bicyclists shall at all times operate their machines with reasonable regard to the safety of others, signal all turns, pass to the right of any vehicle they are overtaking, and pass to the right of any vehicles they may be meeting.C.Ride any other person on a bicycle.D.Leave a bicycle in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided and there is a space available.E.Leave a bicycle lying on the ground or paving, set against trees or in any place or position where other persons may trip over or be injured by it.