Aspen and Bentley, our Davis Law Firm safety paws, were out and about in our lovely San Antonio, Texas and want to remind you to look out for bicyclists!
Texas Bicycle Laws
Texas law states that a person operating a bicycle has the same rights and duties as those of a driver operating a vehicle. This includes stopping at stop signs, yielding to pedestrians, obeying traffic lights, and riding with the traffic flow on one-way streets. All laws and signs that regulate or control the movement of vehicles on the road also apply to bicycles. It is recommended that a person operating a bicycle on a roadway should ride as near as practicable to the right curb or edge of the roadway, unless the person is preparing to turn left at an intersection, private road or driveway.
The person must use hand signals to notify and make other drivers aware of the switch in lanes. A bicycle being operated at night must be illuminated and have a headlamp, a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet, and a red reflector/lamp on the rear visible from 500 feet. The illumination can help save a bicyclist’s life by alerting drivers of shoulder traffic. Also, note that a person may not carry any object that prevents him/her from keeping one had on the handlebars.
San Antonio Bicycle Ordinances
It is no secret that San Antonio cares about its bicyclists and has special ordinances to protect them from harm and injuries. The city has a Safe Passing Ordinance, where motor vehicles are required to keep a minimum distance of 3 feet from the cyclist when passing. Commercial or large vehicles should keep a minimum of 6 feet from the cyclist. Violators can be subject to a Class C misdemeanor and a fine of up to $200.00.
Also, did you know that the City of San Antonio has a special organization dedicated to keeping its citizens safe!? This Metropolitan Planning Organization provides street skills for bicyclists at no cost! The class covers important riding information to ensure adults and teens know their rights and duties on the road. The perks of attending go beyond being an informed bicyclist, the attendee will also receive a helmet and a bike light set. You can learn more about this organization on http://www.alamoareampo.org/.
Bicyclist Hand Signals
- Stop- Extend the left hand and arm down
- Left Turn- Extend the left hand and arm horizontally
- Right Turn- Extend the left hand and arm upward or extend the right hand and arm horizontally.
Just like Aspen and Bentley, don’t forget to check your bike before hitting the road! The tire pressures should be properly inflated and clear of any flat or low tires before every ride and always wear a helmet. At night don’t forget a headlamp and reflectors to keep you visible to other drivers. As always, use defensive driving and riding when you hit the road. If you ever need us we are here for you! Jeff Davis and his team are here 24/7 to listen to your case. Our team of personal injury legal representatives offer free consultations at no risk to you. Jeff Davis is the South Texas Personal Injury Attorney that is here 4 you! Contact us today! We have offices in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, McAllen, Harlingen, Brownsville and Waco, Texas! Text and/or call the 4’s and 9’s! SA (210) 444-4444 RGV (956) 444-4444 Corpus (361) 999-9999