Hints on Using On-Line State Bicycle Laws
Article 12 Bicycles and Play Vehicles
Article 13 Bicycle Safety
Colorado law is now best accessed through a
list of statutes, with
a long list of statutes returned from the word "bicycle". Most specific
bike law is in Title 42, sections 1-4 of which house the state Traffic Code.
Searches are not saved, so links to bicycle searches or even specific
sections of the law cannot be saved.
There used to be a very nice
at the Pikes Peak Library District, with many links from the word
including links to sections on
vehicles and traffic,
However, there are many other laws that apply to bicycles, and others that
don't--for example, the
The relevant laws should be easy to find through the topics index. What a
nicely-organized web site!
There is no table of contents on the web site, so here is one for those laws
specifically pertaining to bicycles in Section 32 of the Revised Statutes:
193. Operation of bicycles; general provision
194. Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles
195. Riding on bicycles
196. Clinging to vehicles
197. Riding on roadways and bicycle paths
329. Bicycles; front lamps; side and rear reflectors
346. Brakes on bicycles
Section 33:4790. Bicycle regulation in municipalities of over 400,000
41B. Power of local municipal authorities to register bicycles
The New Hampshire state laws are now all online:
There is a
to search the New Jersey statutes: as with other states, other
statutes besides those with the word "bicycle" in them relate to bicycling.
By clicking on the plus and minus signs at the left of the headings in the
table of contents for the NJ statutes,
you can expand and contract the outline.
contains New Jersy motor vehicle and traffic regulations.
Start from the
list of chapters
and work down, as the page of bicycle laws doesn't have any links to climb back
out and see other chapters of NY laws on other pages.
It is helpful to point out that the first item in the list for each chapter
for vehicle and traffic law) is the table of contents for the chapter, and
then you can find the part you want down the list according to the title and
section umbers. You will have to translate Roman numerals! Since there is
no way to climb out of a page to the next higher level, save bookmarks for
the laws you want to refer to later. There are references to bicycles in
other titles of chapter 71 besides the one on bicycles (see for example the
end of title 25, which permits bicycles to travel on shoulders), and general
traffic rules also apply to bicycles.
provides the links for the vehicle code in chapters (Chapters 801-826)
but does not name their contents. Relavent sections include
Penalties are listed in a different part,
They are rather stiff!
The main page for the
Pennsylvania vehicle code (unofficial site, incomplete, but includes
the parts of importance ot bicyclists) was put online by the
Pennsylvania District Court 15-4-04.
The rules of the road are in two parts:
Rules of the Road in General.
The Transportation part of the Texas Statutes is reachable from
this table of contents, which is hard to find on the state web site.
It is also available as
zipped text files. The operation of bicycles is regulated by
Chapter 551. Operation of Bicycles, Mopeds, and Play Vehicles.
A search from
the Texas Statutes home page on the word "bicycle" will turn up other
references in the law, such as allowing the use of right-hand turn signals
are available in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format. Vehicle regulations are section
346. There are also important bicycle-related laws in other sections,
particularly section 802. The statutes in this site appear to be be
complete, while those under the
Madison bicycle page
are not (and some bicycle-related provisions are missing due to the use of
an automated rather than human-judgment-controlled search -- this fails, for
example, to find traffic laws which apply to all vehicles without
specifically mentioning bicycle!). Neither of the above sources is up to
date with this year's legislation, however.
1996's new Wisconsin bicycle bill,
now law, added some important and sensible changes
such as exceptions to as far right as practicable law. There are links from
this to discussions of the bill and discussions of other Wisconsin bicycle
Start with Larry Leveen's
Questions and Answers About Washington's Bicycle Traffic Laws.
Rules of the Road are also accessible.
46.61.750 and later
pertain to bikes.
There is also a
list of state government URLs
and another web page of
links to state laws.
Last updated January 8, 2002 by
with help from
John Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
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