Even though the temperatures are dropping, snow and sleet is falling, and
road conditions filled with slush and salt are getting worse, there are
still many people using bicycles for transportation. Riders and drivers
need to freshen up on some bike riding laws to ensure everyone’s
safety on the road though. Most important and easy to understand is Indiana
Vehicle Code Section 9-21-11-2, “A person riding a bicycle upon
a roadway has all the rights and duties under this article that are applicable
to a person who drives a vehicle.”
Many Indiana city ordinances also say that, “Motorists must yield
the right-of-way to bicyclists on designated paths and sidewalks and that
drivers must leave a minimum distance of 3 feet when passing cyclists.”
This time of year, with many weather patterns creating unpredictable road
conditions, “a safe distance” may be considerably more than
three feet and drivers should use their best judgment so as not to follow
If you are a rider, follow these suggested safety tips.
If you are a car or truck driver, share the road and follow these rules
for keeping bicyclists safe.
In the end, we all must share the roads and be more cautious using them
in the winter.
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accident claim with years of experience and proven results. Call the law
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Additional Resources: View the complete Indiana Code, Chapter 11. Bicycles and Motorized Bicycles
for a detailed description of all applicable stated laws. This information
is maintained by the Office of Code Revisions Indiana Legislative Services Agency.