Thank goodness! The weather is about to make a turn for the better here in New York State. If you are waterlogged and tired of wearing that heavy coat and bundling the kids up just to go to the grocery store or school, the wait is almost over. A stretch of warm and spring-like weather will be rolling in across New York.

You may have seen a few signs of spring already amidst your daily routine. The flowers are popping open, the lawns are lush and green and the birds are signing loudly! However, another sign that spring is here is bicycle season!

When was the last time you took a look at what New York State says about riding a bike on the street and roads? If you drive a car, what are your responsibilities around those on bikes? There are some very specific guidelines that New York State wants to remind you about.

New York State's Department of Motor Vehicles has issued tips including asking drivers to check the blind spots of their vehicles before turning, opening a door or parallel parking. Bicyclists should ride in a bicycle lane if available, and if they can't, they must ride near the right curb or edge of the road so they can stay out of traffic.

According to at least one report:

Riders are advised to come to a full stop before entering the roadway from an alley, driveway, or curb.
Never travel with more than two riders side-by-side in a single lane.

There is also another push to remind parents that kids need to wear a helmet!

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