We Follow Traffic Laws

  • Ride as far to the right as practicable, in the same direction as other traffic. “Practicable” does not mean possible. Stay out of the gutter, leave yourself enough room to avoid hazards, including parked cars with doors that could get opened.
  • A cyclist may ride in the middle of a lane (take the lane) that is less than 14 feet wide or too narrow to safely share with a motor vehicle.
  • Cyclists may ride two abreast when taking a lane on a multi-lane roadway. Persons riding two abreast may not impede the normal and reasonable flow of traffic on the roadway.
  • A cyclist should ride in the proper lane to make a turn or otherwise negotiate an intersection.
  • A cyclist may ride to the left side on a one-way roadway.
  • A cyclist must stop and yield at stop signs and traffic lights just like motor vehicles do.
  • A cyclist must have and use a white light on the front of the bike and a red reflector or red light on the back when riding in the dark.
  • If only one brake is working, it should be on the back wheel to avoid pitching the rider over the handlebars.
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, are prevented from racing on public roads. There are specific allowances for sanctioned bicycle races that are approved by local law enforcement.
  • Use hand and arm signals.
    • Left Turn: Raise left arm to a horizontal position.
    • Right Turn: Raise left arm horizontal and bend elbow 90 degrees so that hand is pointing upward.
    • Stop or Slow Down: Raise left arm horizontal and bend elbow 90 degrees so that hand is pointing down.

Bike Safe. Bike Smart. Bike Houston

Brief overview of bicycle laws.
Brief overview of bicycle laws.