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Posted on: October 20, 2017

Safety Reminders for Cyclists

Safety Reminders for Cyclists

Riding a bike is a healthy and fun option for experiencing and exploring Colorado. Bicycling is also a great transportation choice for getting to and from work, running errands, and going to school. Bicycles are legally considered “vehicles” on Colorado’s roadways, so the Town of Erie Police Department wants to be sure Erie residents know the rules of the road and are respectful of all road users. Remember that laws are designed to improve the safety of everyone who uses the roadways.

  • Bicycles are considered by statute to be a vehicle and are not included under the definition of a pedestrian. It is also included under the Town of Erie's Municipal Code definitions as a Vehicle.
  • When traveling on the road, bicycles must follow all of the traffic regulations. This includes, but not limited to, riding on the same side of the road as traffic, stopping at stop signs and traffic signals and using signals to communicate with motorists and other bicyclists.
  • Bicycles are allowed to be operated on a sidewalk or bicycle lane, unless prohibited by a local ordinance or other traffic control device. Currently, there are no restrictions to this effect within the Town of Erie.
  • Bicycles can use a crosswalk to cross a road, and are given the same restrictions and protections as a pedestrian.
  • If the crosswalk is regulated by crossing lights, they must obey them and only cross only when “Walk” is illuminated. If there is no crossing lights, they must not enter the crosswalk in front of a vehicle that is “so close as to constitute an immediate hazard”. If there is no marked crosswalk, they must yield to all motor vehicles on the roadway.
  • When a pedestrian (or bicyclist) is using a marked crosswalk, the car must yield right-of-way when the pedestrian (or bicyclist) is on the same half of the roadway that the vehicle is being driven on, or when the pedestrian (bicyclist) is about to cross into that half of the road way, from the other side.
  • Persons riding bicycles or electrical assisted bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

For more information, a guide to safe bicycling, a Colorado bicycling map and more please visit the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Bicyclists information page here.

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