When you get on a bike, whether for recreation or transportation, are you aware of the laws you need to follow?

It does not matter what your reason is for riding a bike. There are specific laws regarding cycling in Utah and it is imperative for you and your safety that you know what they are.

The Utah Bicycle Accident Handbook written by Kenneth L. Christensen, of the Christensen Law Firm, outlines these laws in a clear and concise way for all to understand.

Chapter one of the book states, “The law makes clear that bicycles are considered moving vehicles and are therefore subject to Utah traffic laws,” (pg. 9). The more bike specific laws are as follows (found on pg. 10-11):

“All bicyclists must have at least one hand on the handlebars at all times. In addition, a bicyclist is not permitted to carry packages, packs, bundles, or any other article that prevents him/her from keeping both hands on the handle bars.”

“A bicycle may only carry the number of persons it is designed for. Single-rider bicycles are not permitted to carry more than one person.”

“Bicycles must not be equipped with a horn or siren.”

“Bicycles must have proper, functioning brakes. The brakes must have the capacity to stop the bicycle within 25 feet from a speed of 25 miles per hour.”

“Before a right-hand turn, the bicyclist must extend his/her right hand and arm horizontally to signal to other motorists his/her intent to turn right.”

“A bicyclist can make a left-hand turn from the left-turn lane, or proceed through the intersection, stop at the corner of the opposite side, and turn left with the normal flow of traffic once the signal turns green.”

“A bicyclist is not required to signal by hand or arm continuously if the hand is needed to maintain proper control of the bicycle.”

More bicycle-specific laws can be found when you request your own free copy of The Utah Bicycle Accident Handbook online.

Following the laws laid out for bicycles on the road will not only prevent you from being cited, but will also help you avoid accidents with motor vehicles on the road. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident call the bicycle accident attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm to find out what options are available to you. Call us today at 801-506-0800.