Based on the Texas Transportation Code statues, there are 6 bike laws to follow for bike enthusiasts. As the weather warms up, cyclists and bikers alike look forward to either their morning or evening stroll along the complex highways and roadways of Texas. Whether you are riding a bike or operating a motor vehicle, these laws are created in order to improve the overall safety and well being of everyone on the road. Each year, thousands of cyclists are either killed or injured in road accidents, not including unreported accidents. These devastation’s continually to rise each year due to road negligence. Learn the laws of the roadway and be mindful of oncoming traffic to avoid a road disaster.
Ride near the curb
The law gives you the right to take a lane, other than a bike lane, for safety reasons. Most cities have highways and roads with designated bike lanes to help with the flow and safety of traffic. Although, keep in mind not all roads have bike lanes. Make sure to ride near the curb to avoid a possible collision with another vehicle.
One hand must be on the handlebar
This may seem like a silly rule, but is very important for having complete control over the stabilization of your bicycle. It is recommended to have both hands on the handlebars at all times other when signaling the direction in which you are heading.
Signal with your hands and arms
Unlike motor vehicles, bikes do not have the fancy tail lights or turning signals. Therefore, it is very important to use your hands and arms to point the direction you are going. This will let the other operators on the road know what you plan to do, such as which way you are turning.
Only one person is allowed to ride one bike saddle
Unless you have a tandem bike, it is the law to only have one rider per saddle. Do not let your friends ride your handle bars or try any fancy tricks for safety reasons.
Riding side by side is legal as long as you don’t interfere traffic
It is legal to ride next to another biker on the road, as long as you are not interfering with traffic. Otherwise, please be mindful and coast behind the other cyclist during times of heavy traffic.
The bike must have reflectors
Reflectors are designed for your safety on the road. The light bounces off the reflector notifying other people on the road that you are on the same road. This is crucial during dusk or dawn, or other weather patterns that may hinder peoples vision.
80% of accidents occur in plain sight during the day. The most dangerous times of the day to be operating a bicycle are between 8-9am and 3-6pm on weekdays during rush hour battling traffic to and from work. One of the perks of living in a warm climate is the convenience of riding bikes year round, many professionals take full advantage of this and choose to cycle to work, saving money on gas and wear and tear on their vehicle. There may be many benefits associated with cycling, but also beware of the cautions.
Bicyclists have the same rights and duties of an operating vehicle on the road. Contact us at the Kyle Law Firm to learn more about your rights and duties as a bike enthusiast.