Safety Tips

Safety tips of all kinds

Bicycle safety at BNL

  • All BNL employees and guests must follow New York State driving regulations when riding a bicycle on-site.  Anyone riding a bicycle on Laboratory property must wear a bicycle helmet that conforms to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard.  Further information on bicycle safety may be found on the Safety and Health Services Division website at
  • Bike injuries are common: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 800 Americans die because of bicycle-related injuries. Think it won’t happen to you? The odds for danger are high: More than half a million Americans end up in hospital emergency departments because of bicycle-related injuries.
  • Reminder:  Riding on sidewalks and walkways at BNL is strictly prohibited.  
  • NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles tips on Bicycle safety
  • Important lessons in bicycle safety

NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV)

  • The agency that regulates automobiles and the licensing of drivers is the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) 1-800-342-5368.
  • You must have a valid New York State Driver’s license to operate a vehicle.
  • To learn to drive, you must first obtain a Learner’s Permit and complete a mandatory 5-hour class. DMV recommends 30 hours of practice driving with a licensed driver in the vehicle with you, prior to taking the Road Test.
  • New York State Driver’s Manuals are available at many of the BNL check-in locations, including Housing, and RHIC & AGS Users Center, both located in building 400.
  • The NYSDMV website provides information on obtaining a driver’s license, NYS driving laws, and required forms. For more information go to:
  • The following DMV offices are located near BNL and can be reached at 1-800-DIAL-DMV.
    • 3 Roads Plaza, 1055 Route 112, Port Jefferson
    • 200 Old Country Road, Riverhead
    • 2799 Route 112, Medford
  • New Driver information – Driver Improvement Programs
  • NY Drivers License and ID
  • New Drivers – US Dept. of Transportation Federal Highway Administration

Traffic Safety Is No Accident

  • What Pedestrians Can Do to be Safer
    • Use a marked crosswalk when one is available
    • Stop before proceeding across a roadway
    • Use sidewalks when they are available
    • On roads without sidewalks, walk on the left, facing traffic
    • When walking at night, wear something reflective or carry a flashlight
    • Do not use cell phones, iPods, and other handheld devices at intersections
  • What Drivers Can Do to be Safer
    • Obey all posted traffic signs
    • Be sure to come to a full stop at every STOP sign
    • Remember to obey the speed limit
    • Don’t forget to watch for and yield to pedestrians
    • Don’t pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks
    • Take appropriate precautions in winter storms and when surfaces are slick with rain, snow or ice.
    • Early darkness and blinding sunlight pose particular challenges for motorists, who should reduce speed and increase vigilance.
    • Be aware of the heavy pedestrian traffic on campus as you drive, and exercise caution near footpaths and crossings.

Safety of all in our community is our highest priority, please drive responsibly and mindfully.

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