book_cover_bicycle_accidentUtah Bicycle Laws

As bicycle use continues to increase, it is important to be aware of laws regarding bicycle use. This pertains to both motorists and bicyclists alike. Here is a summary of Utah bicycle laws that were gathered by the Utah Bicycle Coalition. Some of these laws you may already know, others may come as a surprise.

  • It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle near a bicycle. The driver of an automobile may not knowingly drive within three feet of a moving bicycle.
  • A peace officer may at any time stop a bicyclist to inspect and test the bicycle if the officer has reason to believe that it is unsafe or not equipped according to state laws.
  • All bicyclists must have at least one hand on the steering handlebars at all times. A bicyclist may not carry a bundle, package, pack, or any other article that prohibits him/her from keeping both hands on the handle bars.
  • A bicycle may never carry more persons than it is properly designed for.
  • A bicyclist must never be attached to a moving motorized vehicle.
  • A bicycle may not be equipped with a siren or a horn. Furthermore, a bicycle must be equipped with proper brakes. The brakes must be able to completely stop the bicycle within 25 feet from a speed of 25 miles per hour.
  • When turning right, a bicyclist must extend his/her right hand and arm horizontally to signal to other motorists his/her intent to turn right.
  • A bicyclist is not required to signal by hand or arm continuously if it is needed to maintain proper control of the bicycle.
  • When turning left, a bicyclist must approach the term as close to the right curb as possible. The bicyclist must then ride across the intersection to the far corner of the intersection where he/she will stop as far from traffic as possible. Then, the bicyclist must yield to traffic and subsequently proceed in the new direction according to the traffic signals.
  • Bicyclists must always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and give an audible signal before overtaking a pedestrian.
  • A person may park his/her bicycle on a sidewalk unless prohibited by a traffic-control device. The parked bicycle must not impede normal flow of pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk.
  • When commuting at night, a bicycle must be equipped with a front headlight, a rear red deflector, side reflecting devices, all of which must be visible for 500 feet.

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