Rules of the Road


  • Bicycles are defined as vehicles by NC law and as such are subject to vehicle traffic laws (Definition of Vehicle)
  • Bicycles must be equipped with lights from sunset to sunrise or when not visible from a distance of at least 300 feet (Required Lighting Law)
  • Bicycles should be ridden on the right side of the road just and operate just like a car when on the roadway (Bikes on Roads). A bicyclist should always use hand signals to indicate turning and stopping. When a bicyclist decides it is safer or more efficient to use a sidewalk or shoulder instead of the roadway, the bicyclist should keep a careful lookout and act predictably by communicating with traffic (Hand Signals)
  • Bicyclists should wear a helmet at all times. It is required by law for anyone under the age of 16 to wear a helmet on a bicycle. (Helmets).  
  • Drivers of motor vehicles may move left of the center line on a roadway, when clear of oncoming traffic, to pass a bicyclist. Motor vehicles must give cyclists a minimum of 4 feet when passing. (Passing A Bike)
Bicyclist on the road


  • Pedestrians should follow the directions of crosswalks signals or traffic control signals. (Pedestrian Signals)
  • Where there are no traffic control signals including driveways, alleyways, and parking lots, the pedestrian always has the right of way. Pedestrians should still make eye contact with drivers to be sure they are seen. (Pedestrian right-of-way)
  • When a sidewalk is provided, the pedestrian should not walk on the roadway. When a sidewalk is not provided, the pedestrian should walk against traffic. (Walking along road)

Be A Looker

As a bicyclist, pedestrian, or driver, you have a responsibility to keep yourself and others safe. Please “Be A Looker”  stay safe while biking and walking.


  • Be predictable
  • Ride your bike with traffic
  • Make eye contact with drivers
  • Make yourself visible
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