Know the laws that govern cyclists

I’ve lived in Brady for about a year but have been bicycling and teaching bicycle safety in Texas for a while. My experience is that bicycle safety is not something learned just by cycling. Parents safety instruction can be lacking and sometimes wrong. Few adults search out learning how to bicycle safely resulting in adult cyclist peddling like they did as a nine year-old. I’d like to share what I’ve learned and start a discourse. Maybe we’ll all learn something. ‘For instance, did you know that, according to the Motor Vehicle Laws of Texas, a bicycle is considered equivalent to a motor vehicle, and the same laws apply to trucks, cars and bicycles’ Bicycles do have some special exceptions (future articles), but the important thing is that bicycles must obey the rules of the road. They are also protected by these rules. Bicyclist can receive citations (traffic tickets) for running stop signs, running red lights and for not having a headlight (after dark), but motorist must yield right-of-way to bicycles at yield signs and traffic lights. More next time. For you lucky ones’keep cycling. ‘If you have questions or comments please e-mail me at jsbicycle@hotmail.com.

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