North Carolina Laws Relating to Bicycling
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Section 20-4.01. Definitions.
(49) Vehicle. -- Every device in, upon, or by which
any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a
highway, excepting devices moved by human power or used
exclusively upon fixed rails or tracks; provided, that for the
purposes of this Chapter bicycles shall be deemed vehicles and
every rider of a bicycle upon a highway shall be subject to the
provisions of this Chapter applicable to the driver of a vehicle
except those which by their nature can have no application. This
term shall not include a device which is designed for and
intended to be used as a means of transportation for a person
with a mobility impairment, is suitable for use both inside and
outside a building, and whose maximum speed does not exceed 12
miles per hour when the device is being operated by a person with
a mobility impairment.
Section 20-129. Required lighting equipment of vehicles.
(e) Lamps on Bicycles. -- Every bicycle shall be equipped
with a lighted lamp on the front thereof, visible under normal
atmospheric conditions from a distance of at least 300 feet in
front of such bicycle, and shall also be equipped with a reflex
mirror or lamp on the rear, exhibiting a red light visible under
like conditions from a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear
of such bicycle, when used at night.
Section 20-171. Traffic laws apply to persons riding animals or
driving animal-drawn vehicles.
Every person riding an animal or driving any animal drawing
a vehicle upon a highway shall be subject to the provisions of
this Article applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except those
provisions of the Article which by their nature can have no
application. (1939, c. 275.)
PART 10A. Operation of Bicycles.
- 20-171.1. Definitions.
- As used in this Part, except where the context clearly
requires otherwise, the words and expressions defined in this
section shall be held to have the meanings here given to them:
- Bicycle. -- A nonmotorized vehicle with two or three wheels
tandem, a steering handle, one or two saddle seats, and pedals by
which the vehicle is propelled. (1977, c. 1123, s. 1.)
- 20-171.2. Bicycle racing.
- (a) Bicycle racing on the highways is prohibited except as
authorized in this section.
- (b) Bicycle racing on a highway shall not be unlawful when
a racing event has been approved by State or local authorities on
any highway under their respective jurisdictions. Approval of
bicycle highway racing events shall be granted only under
conditions which assure reasonable safety for all race
participants, spectators and other highway users, and which
prevent unreasonable interference with traffic flow which would
seriously inconvenience other highway users.
- (c) By agreement with the approving authority, participants
in an approved bicycle highway racing event may be exempted from
compliance with any traffic laws otherwise applicable thereto,
provided that traffic control is adequate to assure the safety of
all highway users. (1977, c. 1123, s. 1.)
20-173. Pedestrians' right-of-way at crosswalks.
(c) The driver of a vehicle emerging from or entering an
alley, building entrance, private road, or driveway shall yield
the right-of- way to any pedestrian, or person riding a bicycle,
approaching on any sidewalk or walkway extending across such
alley, building entrance, road, or driveway. (1937, c. 407, s.
134; 1973, c. 1330, s. 32.)