Cycling can be dangerous, especially when riding alongside cars, buses on the public roadways. In Texas, there are rules of the road that guide bicycle riders to avoid bicycle accidents. These rules are from the Texas Transportation Code and it expects every bicycle rider in Texas to operate under these statutes while on public roadways which includes the basics like obeying the traffic signs, conceding to pedestrians, riding alongside vehicular traffic. It is in your best interest to obey these laws.
The bicycle laws traffic in Texas is as follows;
- Bicycles should only be on roads streets, routes allowed for cycling.
- Do not ride a bicycle into its parking space. It is expected that you get off the bike upon arrival to the bicycle rack and walk it to the available space
- In a mixed path, bicycle riders should ride through the road with caution and should always give a notable sign of passing to other individuals on the road.
- A bicycle rider moving slower than other transportation means on the road is expected to ride close to the edge of the road. However, a cyclist can take full travel lane when:
- The cyclist is moving alongside vehicular traffic
- It is unsafe for the cyclist to ride close to the edge of the roadway
- The travel lane is not standard i.e. has a width of fewer than 4.3 meters and it has no allotted lane for a bicycle.
- The cyclist wants to move to a driveway
- Cyclists may ride two abreast on the roadway. However, they should ride in a single lane on a laned road and should not affect normal traffic on the road. Cyclists who might want to ride more than two abreast should do so on a lane allowed for bicycle riding.
- A cyclist should not carry more than the number of persons it was designed to carry.
- A cyclist should not carry an item that prevents the person from keeping at least one hand on the handle.
- A cyclist should not attach their bicycle to a vehicle on the roadway.
- A cyclist should use hand signals to indicate turns and stops.
- To turn left, cyclists should raise left hand horizontally
- To turn right, cyclists should raise right hand horizontally
- To stop, cyclists should extend left hand downward
- Every bicycle should be equipped with a very efficient brake.
- A cyclist may not ride at night unless their bike has a headlamp that can emit white light and red lamps on the front and back respectively and that is visible from at least 500 feet.