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For cyclists, there are laws and rules to know

May 07, 2019 - 4:00 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Nice weather means more bicycles and more laws to know if you're riding one. 
A Santa Barbara police officer tried to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on a bicyclist who refused to stop. When he finally stopped, the bicyclist punched the officer.  

Way to turn a recreational activity into a felony.  

You may have questions like: did you think you were going to outrun a police car on your bike? And finally, why would there be a traffic enforcement stop on someone who wasn't in a car?  

The answers are yeah, dummy and bicycle riders on public streets have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers and are subject to the same rules and regulations as any other vehicle on the road. 

Bicyclists must obey all traffic signals and stop signs, must ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against it, and must signal all their intentions to motorists and bicyclists near them. 

In some, but not all states, helmets are required, particularly for children who ride bikes and particularly for people who value their heads. And it should go without saying that you should keep your hands to yourself.