Every road user — motorist, pedestrian, and cyclist alike — need to know (and obey) the rules of the road. If you do not know the Texas bicycle laws, you may put yourself at risk of injury on the road, as well as for receiving a citation or fine for violations. Below are a few important traffic laws that pertain to cyclists in Texas.
You can find the majority of the traffic laws that apply to bicycles in Texas Transportation Code Chapter 551. According to § 551.101(a), the law considers a bicycle a vehicle, and as such, a cyclist has the same rights and obligations as a motorist.
“Unless a specific statutory right or duty is altered by Tex. Transp. Code Chapter 551, or a right or duty applicable to a driver cannot by its nature apply to a person operating a bicycle, the same laws that apply to an operator of the motor vehicle apply to a person operating a bicycle,” explains the DOT.
Below are a few key bicycle traffic laws with which you will need to be familiar:
The legislation is always changing. For example, there was recently a new bill, HB 2459, under consideration in Texas that would have required drivers to allow a minimum of three feet of space when passing a cyclist on the road. More than half of the states already have a similar law in place.