Look, I'm convinced that biking NYC is the best, but that's not to say it's all fun & games. These roads can be dangerous, and, all too often, deadly. If you're gonna get out there -- and I hope you do -- get a helmet (or don't, if you believe studies like this one that claim helmets actually put you at higher risk), buy a bike that you can handle, and follow the traffic laws. If you're smart, cautious, and properly equipped, you'll be able to minimize your risk while participating in one of the most exhilarating free activities this city has to offer. Godspeed.
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