Hochul: New drivers must take a safety course for pedestrians and cyclists to obtain their license

Governor Kathy Hochul is enshrining in legislation a new requirement for riders to practice bike safety measures.

BUFFALO, NY – New bicycle safety legislation will go into effect as soon as Governor Kathy Hochul is taking steps that will require new drivers to educate themselves about pedestrian and cyclist safety while on the road.

This new requirement will form part of the pre-licensing examination for new drivers and will be a prerequisite for obtaining any motor vehicle licence.

“My top priority as governor is keeping New Yorkers safe, and it makes good sense to make pedestrian and bicycle safety education mandatory for drivers,” Governor Hochul said in a statement. a statement. “This law will help prevent accidents and save lives, and I thank my partners in the Assembly and the Senate for passing this legislation to make our streets safer.”

This new legislation will soon be added to the Department of Motor Vehicles’ instruction manual, and it’s not the only new driving safety measure being put in place.

This includes the signed legislation in June, this would reauthorize and expand the use of New York City school zone speed cameras to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Last October, Governor Hochul also signed legislation the establishment of a school bus driver education fund, which served to protect the safety of school children, and the completion of $11.3 million in pedestrian safety projects in Nassau and Suffolk.

New York Bicycling Coalition Executive Director Keith Pickett said, The New York Bicycling Coalition applauds Governor Hochul for signing this sensible bill to educate new motorists and, in turn, make our roads and our streets safer for the most vulnerable people who use them. Our members across the state thank the Governor and the Legislature for this important step forward.”

For information on bike safety courses and more, visit dmv.ny.gov

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