So it got me to wondering even more about the laws in New York State. An Internet search brought me to this site by the New York State Bicycling Coalition on New York State Bicycling Law. I was kind of amazed at a few of the things listed in this summary:As a cyclist, I am legally allowed to ride in the right lane of West Liberty Avenue, in the middle of the lane, and I do. I am legally allowed to pass a line of cars on the right, along the curb, when those cars are stopped for a traffic control device. I stop at red lights and stop signs, and I yield at yield signs.As a motorist, you are required to give me four feet of clearance when overtaking me on the road. Yes, that means you need to switch lanes to pass me. If you cannot do so, slow down and wait until you can. By law, you may cross a double yellow line to allow for the required clearance, again waiting until it is safe to do so.
Here is a summary of the principal requirements for bicyclists under New York law:
I'm definitely going to do a little more research and try to be more vigilant, both as a cyclist and as a motor vehicle driver.