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Laws Affecting Bicyclists &
We're still building this section, but
here are some important pieces of
- Bicyclists are generally subject to the same laws
as motor vehicles (e.g., must ride in the same
direction of traffic, must stop at stop signs and red
- Most states have adopted the Uniform Traffic Code,
so traffic laws are pretty much the same from state to
state, though occasionally there are exceptions.
Check your own state code for the specific laws in your
- The Uniform Traffic Code requires cyclists to have
a white headlight and a red rear reflector at night.
Some states allow a red blinking light to substitute for
a red reflector.
- Some cities impose additional requirements beyond
the Uniform Traffic Code. For example, Las Vegas
requires nighttime cyclists to have a red taillight (not
just a red reflector).
- Laws for the State of Texas and the City of Austin
are available at BicycleAustin.info.
- A good article about whether motorists are
required to yield to pedestrians even when there's no
crosswalk is available at VeloNews.com.
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