The Basics of Dallas Bike Laws
When you are riding your bicycle around the city, it is important that you have a solid understanding of Dallas bike laws. It is a common misconception that the police are less likely to hand out tickets to bicycle riders. In fact, it is quite the contrary. Aside from the inconvenience of getting a traffic ticket, disobeying Dallas bike laws put you at greater risk of being involved in a bicycle accident. Cyclist at Law has created this guide to help Dallas residents in understanding the basics of Dallas bike laws.
Applicability of Traffic Regulations
The Dallas City Code is the authority regarding bicycle law. Chapter 9 includes all the bicycle-specific regulations. Sec. 9-1 states, “Every person riding a bicycle upon the streets of the city shall be subject to provisions of all laws and ordinances applicable to the driver of any other vehicle.” This means everything you would be expected to do in a car you are also expected to do on a bicycle. This includes stopping at red lights, stop signs, and yielding to pedestrians.
Sec 9-8 states that anyone younger than the age of 18 must wear a helmet. This includes if a child is riding in a sidecar, trailer, or child carrier seat. If you take your kids along for a ride, make sure they have a helmet strapped on.
Riding on Sidewalks
Sec 9-1 also addresses that it is lawful to ride your bicycle on a sidewalk anywhere outside of the central business district. However, you must still yield the right-of-way- to any pedestrian and should give an audible signal before passing pedestrians.
If you have a question about Dallas bike laws or you have been involved in a bicycle accident and sustained a personal injury, call Cyclist at Law today. Dial to schedule your initial consultation.