Q: Do I need to register my bicycle in the City of Kingston?
A: No, the section of the City Code mandating registration is no longer enforced. However, to assist the Kingston Police Department in identifying the proper owner of a stolen bicycle, you are encouraged to file your bicycle serial number or description with the police department. You can do this by visiting the Kingston Police Department at 1 Garraghan Drive, presenting your ID and asking the Officer-on-duty to file a Police Report identifying you as the owner of your bicycle. (Source: Bike Friendly Kingston)
Q: Can I ride my bicycle on the sidewalk in Kingston?
A: No, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk or a footpath is prohibited. The law makes exception for children under the age of 12 years and infirm or handicapped riders, who may operate a bicycle on a sidewalk legally. (Source: § 160-9 Operation of bicycles and tricycles.)
Q: What safety equipment is required?
A: While helmets are NOT required equipment for riders over the age of 14, we think it is a good idea to ALWAYS wear a helmet while riding a bike. Additionally, All riders should comply with New York State Vehicle and Traffic law on this matter.
Required equipment includes:
- Working brakes
- Bell or horn
- When riding at night:
- White front headlight
- Red taillight
- Reflective tires or spoke reflectors
- A helmet for riders under the age of 14 years
(Source: § 160-9 Operation of bicycles and tricycles. and http://www.safeny.ny.gov/media/share-road.htm)
Q: Which laws apply to bicyclists?
A: Bicyclists must obey all traffic signals, signs and pavement markings. Bicyclists must also signal for turns whether driving on a roadway, a bike lane or bike path. (Source: http://www.safeny.ny.gov/bike-vt.htm#sec1231)