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Can Groups of Bicyclists Legally Ride on the Roadway?

By: Wham & Rogers, LLC | Published 07/05/2024

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Yes.  Under Texas Law Bike Riders Can Ride Two Abreast in the Roadway

Recently there have been incidents of "road rage" against bicyclists, including a driver throwing roofing nails in the bicyclists' lane of travel, resulting in serious injuries.   

This has some asking whether groups of bicyclists can legally ride together on a roadway.   The answer under Texas law is yes.  

Persons operating bicycles on a roadway may ride two abreast in a single lane. 
• However, persons riding two abreast may not impede the normal     flow of traffic, and
• Persons may not ride more than two abreast on a roadway.

  (Tex. Transportation code Sect. 551.103)

What are the laws governing where bike riders should ride on the roadways?

Texas law requires that a bike rider on a roadway should ride as near as practicable to the right curb or edge of the roadway, unless:  

• Passing another vehicle 
• Preparing for a left turn
• Avoiding a hazard
• Traveling on a road that is too narrow to share side-by-side with a car

What laws do bicyclists have to follow while on the roadways?

Bicyclists have the rights and duties of other vehicle operators.  This means they must:
• Yield to pedestrians
• Stop for stop signs
• Signal turns
• Travel with the flow of traffic.

In order to keep everyone safe, we should share the roadways and of course, follow the law.  If you have been injured in a bike collision, Wham & Rogers can help. Call 832-592-1108 or text ?(832) 413-1428? for a free consultation.

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