The Rules of the Road: Biking Edition

Ever wonder what the laws are as a Jackson bike rider? The Jackson Police Department breaks down Wyoming State Statute 31-5-702 simply, “if you can’t do it in a car, you can’t do it on a bicycle.”

So, what does this mean in terms of how you operate your bike? Here are the rules:

  • You must always signal. Just like in a car, prior to turning, you must signal right or left.
  • Obey stop signs. That means a complete stop with one foot on the ground!
  • You must have a light and rear reflector while riding at night. The law says so. (Pro tip: Buckrail has free bike lights at every People’s Market for the first 50 people to to ride their bikes!)

Regarding cell phones? Technically, the hands-free ordinance only applies to motor vehicles, however, W.S.S 31-5-702 also states that you can’t carry anything that would prevent you from using both hands to control your bike. So do yourself a favor and save the conference call for the office.

Regarding biking while intoxicated is a bit fuzzier (pun intended). The Police Department states that “we support those individuals attempting to do the right thing by using alternate transportation rather than driving a motor vehicle.” However, if someone were to put themselves or others in harm by riding, a “DUI may be an appropriate charge.”

With an increase of motorists, bicyclists, and e-bike users in town, it’s more important than ever to adhere to the laws of the road. Now you know! Ride safe!

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