BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- At any given time, there’s around 4,000 bikers on Buffalo streets, but as people head back to work and college students move back to campus, congestion is unavoidable.
Mix that with construction that’s still unfinished, and it looks like an accident waiting to happen.
The narrow space on Elmwood Avenue near the 1-98 is one area of concern for bikers and drivers.
Go Bike Buffalo Executive Director Justin Booth told News 4 bikers have to remember to act like cars; they’re legally allowed to take up an entire lane, and technically not allowed on sidewalks.
Booth said some of the danger comes when bikers are too cautious.
He said following simple traffic rules on the road is what keeps everyone safe, and that includes having certain gear.
“As a cyclist, you know, making sure you ride with traffic, making sure you use hand signals, if you ride in the evening, making sure you use lights, use a bell to let people know you’re there. But also for drivers, drivers should be aware that cyclists are legally bound to be on the streets,” Booth said.
As far as helmets go, anyone under 14 is required to wear one. After that, it’s up to the cyclist.
Buffalo is currently rated a bronze level for bike friendliness. The goal is to get to silver this year.