On Your Left

You don’t need a license to ride a non-motorized bike, but you do need to follow the same traffic laws and use the same caution as people driving cars. Here are some important rules for riding a bike:

  • You cannot carry or pull any other person on your bike (for instance, riding with someone on your handlebars) unless you are an adult carrying a child in an approved child carrier.
  • On a two-way road, you must ride on the right-hand side of the street, as close to the curb as possible, unless you are passing another bike, preparing to turn left, or avoiding a hazard in the road. On a one-way street, you can ride in the left-hand lane.
  • You do not have to stop at a stop sign, but are required to yield to traffic and use care when entering and crossing the intersection. At a stop light, you must come to a complete stop before entering the intersection.
  • You can ride your bike on the sidewalk in some cities, unless there is a sign that says otherwise, but you must give the right of way to pedestrians.
  • All bikes must be ridden with both front (white) and rear (red) reflectors that can be seen from a distance of 500 feet. Bikes riding at night must be equipped with a front light able to be seen at a distance of 500 feet.
  • Helmets are not required, but can save your life.
  • Electric assisted bicycles are to be viewed as bicycles and given all privileges and duties therein.