Bicycle Frequently Asked Questions

Did You Know...?

Approximately 15 to 20 million bicycles are sold in the United States each year.

Which direction must a bicyclist travel on the roadway?

In the same direction as a vehicle traffic.

Must bicyclists adhere to the rules of the road, including stopping at a stop sign or red light?

Yes, bicyclists must adhere to all the same rules as vehicles.

Do bicycles really have to stop at stop signs? What if I am using the crosswalk?

Yes, bicycles do have to stop at stop signs and follow all other rules of the road. If you choose to use a crosswalk with your bike, you must walk it across.

If bicyclists are under 18 years of age, must they wear a helmet?

Yes. Although not required by law, it is also highly recommended that riders over 18 wear helmets as well.

If bicyclist is riding during darkness, is a front light required, even in well-lit areas?

Yes.

Is it okay for a bicyclist to hold onto a moving vehicle while traveling on a roadway?

No, along with being illegal, this is very dangerous.

Can a bicyclist ride with both hands off the handlebars?

No, at least one hand must be on the handlebars. Even the most experienced riders cannot predict unexpected hazards that may require a quick reaction.

May a passenger ride on the handlebars of a bicycle?

No. A bicycle passenger may only ride on a permanent and mounted seat.

Can a person be arrested for riding a bicycle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or any drug?

Yes.

Pedestrian FAQ

If a pedestrian enters a crosswalk at an intersection that is equipped with a signal and that signal is displaying a flashing or solid “do not walk” signal, is it legal?

No, a pedestrian can be cited for that offense. Even if the traffic light is green, pedestrians may not cross without a green crossing signal. Contrary to some people's perception, pedestrians do not always have the right of way.

Must a pedestrian walk inside of a marked crosswalk if one is present?

Yes, pedestrians must use crosswalks when they are provided in the area, even if it means walking to the end of a block or down the street.