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Bicycle Laws – FindLaw

As with traffic laws in general, bicycle laws are enforced at the state and local levels. But while bicyclists generally are expected to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists, most jurisdictions also have laws that are specific to those operating bicycles on public thoroughfares. State laws and local ordinances also typically include bicycle helmet provisions, rules against riding a bike on the sidewalk, biking while under the influence and other bicycle-specific rules.

Some local bicycle ordinances have been criticized for making bikers (and pedestrians) less safe, such as requirements that bicyclists ride on the sidewalk or walk their bikes across intersections. Since bicycle laws can be different from one municipality to another, and not always intuitive, bicyclists should familiarize themselves with laws along regularly traveled routes. Read on

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Mandatory bicycle helmet laws in Western Australia

Australia’s National Cycling Participation 2019 survey confirms that the equivalent of more than a million fewer people are riding bicycles each week in 2019 than in 2011, and suggests 35.1% fewer Australians aged 9yo+ were cycling each day in 2019 than in 1985/86, despite 62% population growth (see report analysis).

Australia’s largest cycling organisation, the Bicycle Network, has reversed its policy and from 31 October 2018 is recommending a five year trial permitting people older than 17 to choose whether they wear a helmet when riding on footpaths or off-road cycle paths (read recommendation and policy paper).

The recommendation follows a 14 month inquiry which had 19,327 respondents, with 58.3% supporting a change to helmet laws and opinions expressed by Australia’s leading experts on helmet law efficacy (read submissions including the opinion of this website).

It is likely the recommendation will be ignored or given short shrift by Australia’s media

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Oregon Bicycle Laws – BikePortland.org

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) Pertaining to Bicycles

814.400: Application of vehicle laws to bicycles
814.405: Status of electric assisted bicycle
814.410: Unsafe operation of bicycle on sidewalk; penalty
814.420: Failure to use bicycle lane or path; exceptions; penalty
814.430: Improper use of lanes; exceptions; penalty
814.440: Failure to signal turn; exceptions; penalty
814.450: Unlawful load on bicycle; penalty
814.460: Unlawful passengers on bicycle; penalty
814.470: Failure to use bicycle seat; penalty
814.480: Nonmotorized vehicle clinging to another vehicle; penalty
814.484: Meaning of “bicycle” and “operating or riding on a highway”
814.485: Failure to wear protective headgear; penalty
814.486: Endangering bicycle operator or passenger; penalty
814.487: Exemptions from protective headgear requirements
814.488: Citations; exemption from requirement to pay fine
814.489: Use of evidence of lack of protective headgear on bicyclist

814.400 Application of vehicle laws to bicycles.

(1) Every person riding a bicycle upon a public way is subject to the

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State Electric Bicycle Laws | A Legislative Primer

Introduction

women with purse and electric bikeThe past few years have seen a marked increase in the number of electric bicycles (or “e-bikes”) in the U.S.

This primer deals specifically with low-speed electric bicycles as defined by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. E-bikes are most frequently “pedal-assist” or “muscle-assist,” meaning the rider must be pedaling for the electric motor to engage. E-bikes may also come equipped with a throttle that allows the bike to be propelled without pedaling.

The bicycle’s low-speed electric motor provides a boost of power to climb hills, extend the range of trips where a bicycle can be used, allow current bicycle users to bike more often and farther, provide a new recreation option for people who want to bike and in general, extend the range of any ride.

Low-speed e-bikes are as safe and sturdy as traditional bicycles and move at speeds similar to conventional bikes. E-bikes

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