Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road for Cyclists Texas Bicycle Laws (Section 551)

  • Obey all signs and traffic lights: Cyclists are required by law to follow the same laws as other vehicles.
  • Never ride against the traffic: ride with the traffic to avoid potential crashes as drivers cannot see cyclists riding on the wrong side of the road.
  • Use hand signals: hand signals can tell motorists what cyclists intend to do.
  • Ride in a straight line: when possible, ride in a straight line to the right of traffic and a car door width away from parked cars.
  • Always wear a helmet when you ride a bicycle: helmets reduce the risk of head injury in a crash.
  • Use a light to be bright at night: use a strong head light and tail light at night and during the day whenever visibility is poor.

Information for Motorists

  • Always look for cyclists or pedestrians when driving. Being aware of cyclists and pedestrians is especially important before turning at a green light or making a right on red.
  • Allow three feet of space when passing cyclists. Giving a wide berth to cyclists when passing can give both the motorist and the cyclists room to maneuver and stop.