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Rights and Responsibilities
Bicycle riders are part of the traffic and share the road with automobile drivers. They must stop at stop signs, obey traffic lights, and most other traffic laws and signs. Bicycle riders must ride near the right hand curb or edge of the roadway but they can legally move left to turn left, to pass another vehicle or bicycle, or to avoid dangerous conditions such as parked cars.

Rules for Bicycle Riders

  • Ride with traffic - only persons walking on the roadway should face traffic.
  • Ride in a straight line except when necessary to make a turn, avoid hitting someone or something, or drive over water drains, railroad tracks, holes, or other hazards.
  • Use a hand signal just as drivers of automobiles do before turning left or right.
  • However, bicyclists may signal for a right turn by holding the right arm straight out pointing right.
  • Ride as near the right curb or edge of the street as practicable when riding slower than other vehicles. On one-way streets with two or more lanes, ride near either left or right curb or edge of the street. When passing parked cars, look through the rear windows to see if there is someone in a car who may open a door in your path. If there is, or if you cannot see into a vehicle, check traffic behind you and move out far enough to avoid the door if it should open
  • Use bicycle lanes, where marked on streets, when riding slower than other vehicles. Leaving marked bicycle lanes is permitted, when necessary, to overtake or pass another bicycle, vehicle, or pedestrian; to prepare for a left turn at an intersection or driveway; or to avoid debris or other dangerous conditions but only when it is safe arid after giving a correct hand signal.
  • Get off the bicycle and "walk" it across using the crosswalks at busy intersections.
  • Do not permit anyone to ride as a passenger unless using a separate seat attached to the bike. If the passenger is a child weighing 40 pounds or less, the seat must have a device to hold the child in place and protect him/her from the bike's moving parts.
  • Do not carry anything which prevents holding the handlebars with at least one hand. "No hands" riding is dangerous.
  • Do not "hitch rides" by holding on to or attaching the bike to any other vehicle.
  • Do not ride on freeways which have signs prohibiting bicycles.
  • Do not park a bicycle on its side, or so there is no room for persons walking on the sidewalks.


Last updated: 12/16/2011 3:41:07 PM