TO BORROW A BICYCLE
AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Rights and Responsibilities
has been legally considered a vehicle in North Carolina since 1937. Thus
bicyclists have full rights and responsibilities on the roadway and are
subject to the regulations governing the operation of a motor vehicle,
- The bicyclist
has a right to ride on any state maintained road, except roads of the
Interstate Highway system and other fully-controlled access highways.
a bicyclist should ride as far to the right as practicable, a bicyclist
may ride well out into the traffic lane under the following conditions:
he or she can maintain the same speed as other vehicles on the roadway;
the right-hand edge of the roadway is in poor condition or is littered
- A bicyclist
is not required to ride on the shoulder, since the shoulder is not legally
defined as part of the roadway.
- A bicyclist
may choose to make a left turn from the appropriate lane, like a vehicle,
or may dismount and walk the bicycle across the intersection, like a
Carolina traffic laws require the rider of a bicycle to:
on the right, in the same direction as other moving traffic;
all traffic signs and signals, including stop and yield signs and
one-way directional signs;
signals to communicate intended movements;
to pedestrians and emergency vehicles;
the bicycle with a front lamp visible from 300 feet and a rear reflector
or lamp which is visible from a distance of 200 feet at night;
should ride predictably and courteously to keep traffic moving safely
and to avoid accidents.
Bicycle Program, North Carolina Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 25201,
Raleigh, NC 27611, (919) 733-2804.
Ballentine and Micheal Wolosin