Tips for Cyclists

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  • Obey all traffic signs and signals. (General Statute 20-158)

  • There is no law that requires bicyclists to ride single file, nor is there a law that gives cyclists the right to ride two or more abreast. It is important to ride responsibly and courteously, so that cars may pass safely.

  • When riding at night, equip your bicycle with a front lamp visible from 300 feet and a rear reflector or flasher visible from a distance of 200 feet. Lights are required by law from sunset to sunrise and when there is insufficient light to clearly see a person on the highway 400 feet ahead. (General Statute 20-134.e)

  • Bicyclists and bicycle passengers under the age of 16 are required by law to wear a helmet securely fastened to their head by straps. The parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of 16 cannot knowingly permit a child to break helmet laws. (General Statute 20-171.7b)

  • Bicycles are not required to ride on adjacent bicycle paths. When riding on the roadway, a bicyclist must ride in the same direction as traffic. They must ride in the right-hand lane and should ride as close as practicable to the right-hand edge of the highway. (General Statute 20-146a) Exceptions to this law are provided when the bicyclists are making the following maneuvers:
    • Passing another vehicle moving in the same direction (General Statute 20-146a.1)
    • Avoiding a dangerous obstruction (General Statute 20-146a.2)
    • Riding on a one-way street (General Statute 20-146a.4)
    • Preparing for a left turn. (General Statute 20-146e)

  • Bicyclists must yield the right-of-way and avoid colliding with pedestrians who are walking on a roadway, sidewalk, walkway, or in a crosswalk. Also, bicyclists should not pass a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross the highway. (General Statute 20-173 and General Statute 20-174)

  • There is no law that prohibits wearing headphones when riding a bicycle; however, it is not recommended. It is important to use all your senses to ensure your safety when riding in traffic.

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