Our law firm has successfully handled the cases for many Texan bicyclists who have been severely injured in a collision with a motor vehicle. Although many motorists aren’t used to driving around cyclists, the state law is quite clear on the fact that bicycles have just as much right to be on the road as cars and trucks. The following sections of the Texas Transportation Code deal specifically with the legal rights of cyclists on Texas roadways.
Sec. 545.107. Method of Giving Hand and Arm Signals
Bicyclists are permitted to use hand and arm signals to broadcast their intention to make a left- or right-hand turn, to decrease their speed, or to come to a complete stop.
Sec. 551.001. Persons Affected
These regulations apply to cyclists riding a bicycle on the highway or a path set aside for the exclusive operation of bicycles.
Sec. 551.002. Moped Included
These regulations also apply to mopeds (excluding any provisions which by their very nature cannot apply to mopeds.)
Sec. 551.101. Rights and Duties
A bicyclist has the same rights and duties as a motorist. The only exceptions to this rule are when a provision of the Texas Transportation Code for Bicyclists alters a right or duty, or if a regulation applicable to motor vehicle drivers by its very nature cannot apply to bicyclists. It is the responsibility of a child’s parent or guardian to ensure a child bicyclist does not violate any of the laws regarding the Texas Transportation Code for Bicyclists.
Sec. 551.102. General Operation
Bicyclists must ride only on a permanent and regular seat which is attached to the bicycle. A bicycle should not carry more people than the number it was designed for. A bicycle should not be used to carry any object that prevents the cyclist from keeping one hand on the handlebars. No vehicle should pull a bicycle, coaster, sled, toy vehicle, or person wearing roller skates.
Sec. 551.103. Operation on Roadway
Bicyclists should keep as close as is practical to the right-most side of the road in order to allow other, faster vehicles to pass safely. The exceptions to this rule include when the bicyclist is passing another vehicle moving in the same direction, is preparing to make a left-hand turn, or when there is a hazard or other condition which prevents them from doing so. Bicyclists may ride two abreast at a maximum, but only on a section of laned roadway where doing so will not impede the normal flow of traffic.
Sec. 551.104. Safety Equipment
All bicycles must be equipped with functional brakes capable of stopping on dry, level, clean pavement. Bicycles should only be operated with night if equipped with a front light which emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet, and either a rear red light visible from a distance of 500 feet, or a rear red reflector visible from 50 to 300 feet.
Sec. 551.105. Competitive Racing
Organized competitive bicycle races on public roadways must have the prior approval of the appropriate local law enforcement agencies. These agencies should also be consulted regarding any specific safety regulations or bicycle operation rules governing the race.
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