May is National Bicycle Safety Month. Here are some safety reminders

Three people have died in New Jersey due to bicycle crashes, according to state police.

Lauren Due and Lanette Espy

May 3, 2023, 9:18 AM

Updated 435 days ago

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Every year, bicyclists are killed or injured in New Jersey due to bicycle crashes. So far this year, New Jersey State Police have reported three deaths in Monmouth, Hunterdon and Hudson counties.

Bicycle safety reminders

- Wear a properly fitted helmet. Head injury is the most serious injury type and the most common cause of death among bicyclists. Helmets are required for riders under 17.
- Ride with other bikers and be visible.
- Take extra care at intersections and avoid the “door zone.”
- Check your equipment before heading out.
- Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
- Ride in the direction of traffic.
- Obey all traffic signs including stopping at red lights.
- Wear bright colors.
- In Hoboken, bikes are allowed on sidewalks, but riders must yield to pedestrians.

On the road reminder for New Jersey drivers

New Jersey started the Safe Passing Law last year in March. Drivers need to slow down to 25 mph and pass bikes with 4 feet to spare. The penalty for breaking this law is a $100 fine ($500 if bodily injury) and two points on your driving record.



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