Bike Laws

In advance of Bike To Work Week, some reminders about the rights and responsibilities of bike riders. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

Officers in Concord, New Hampshire, stopped a woman who was riding her bicycle in a wobbly fashion at 3:45 am last week without any lights or reflective gear.  That’s when they found fentanyl and meth in the bag she was carrying. That would explain it.

If you ride a bike or are planning to take part in National Bike To Work Week next week you should know that bicycle riders are subject to the same laws as drivers. Bicyclists must obey all traffic signals and stop signs, ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against it, and signal all their intentions to others on the road. In some, but not all states, helmets are required.  Like other drivers, they must also have lights on if they’re riding at night, which could have spared Ms. Wobblypants notice by the police in the first place. And one hopes it goes without saying—no carrying fentanyl or methamphetamine.

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