Staying active is important when so many of us live rather sedentary lives, spending sometimes dozens of hours in front of a computer monitor or television screen. Especially in this holiday season, many people relent to indulgences more often than they would during the rest of the year. Picking up a fun hobby, such as cycling, can be a great way to curb that dreaded holiday weight gain.
Before hitting the streets on your favorite 10-speed or beach cruiser, it is vital that you know your responsibilities when riding a bicycle.
Bicycle Laws and Rights
To put it simply, your rights and laws on a bicycle are nearly identical to those of a motorist. On a bicycle, you must:
- Obey the Rules of the Road: Everything from traffic lights, stop signs and right-of-way rules must be followed identically to cars and motorcycles.
- Watch Your BAC: It is absolutely possible to get a DUI while riding your bicycle with blood alcohol content (BAC) that is over the legal limit. Drink responsibly, if at all, before hitting the road on your bicycle.
- Get a Light: Your bike must have a working headlight and taillight for use in dusk, night and dawn riding.
Again, biking is a healthy and family-friendly hobby that is a great excuse to keep moving in the often sluggish holiday months. Just be sure to bike responsibly and know the bicycle laws that keep you, motorists and fellow cyclists safe.
In the unfortunate case that you or a loved one are injured while riding a bicycle, please do not hesitate to contact us to speak with an experienced attorney at 407-841-7699. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more helpful hints and to always be informed about best practices in law.