Puerto Rico Bicycle Law
The following is a translation of the bicycle law of The Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico as found in Spanish is at
Editorial notes are in brackets.
The cyclist is subject to all the laws governing motor vehicles and
transit except those that because of its nature, does not apply. The
following actions are forbidden by law.
[It might imply that riding on highways is legal. Well, it is on certain
limited access roads unless otherwise posted, which is most of the ones
that compose the Puerto Rico Highway Network. This is changing to make
them all not legal for bicycle use. The Puerto Rican Vehicle code also
forbids access to motorcycles on highways if they have an engine smaller
than 360 cc and all motorcycles must have a permit from the Department of
Transportation and Public works to ride on a highway.]
- To carry more passengers than the number of seats available on a bicycle.
- To carry packages or objects that potrudes the front or the back of
the bicycle and/or wider than the width of the handlebars. [It should
- To pair up with another cyclist [single line only] and do not ride on
the right. [Country roads are very narrow.]
- To install and/or use a siren or horn.
- To use excesively the bicycle bell in urban zones. [This should be
obsoleted. probably it was meant to avoid upsetting a horse].
- To ride on sidewalks or other structures that are destined to the
exclusive use to pedestrians. [Not enforced on kids. cops do like you on
- To ride without a white light on the front and a red light or
reflector in the back.
- To ride a bicycle with damaged brakes.