If you are a Bloomington Indiana resident who rides a bicycle, I would like to have your
comments on the following issues:
- Do you ever ride a bike on a sidewalk?
- Do you obey traffic signs, signals, and markings?
- Do you ride the wrong way on one-way streets?
- Do you make complete stops at STOP signs?
- Do you signal continuously for 200 feet before turning?
- When slowing down or stopping, do you signal?
- Did you know that bike wheels larger than 14 inches in diameter are prohibited from sidewalks?
- Were you aware that in Indiana, bicycles, ridden animals, horse drawn vehicles, and
automobiles must all obey all the same traffic laws?
- Did you know that it's illegal to lock bikes to traffic signs, signals, or fire hydrants?
- Were you aware that allowing one's own children to break Indiana bicycle laws is a crime?
- If you came from another state or country:
- Where are you from?
- What are the bicycle laws there?
I am genuinely interested in why there are so many bicycle violations and accidents. Answers
will be kept confidential. Please email to (do not copy the text, and remove spaces):
- Obey the laws for moving vehicles, not pedestrians.
Bicycles go too fast for pedestrian laws.
Stay off sidewalks.
Riding on sidewalks is illegal.
Riding on sidewalks causes bike-vehicle accidents.
Vehicle drivers can't see bicycles on sidewalks in time to act.
Stop when entering streets from sidewalks or driveways.
Dismount and walk the bike on sidewalks or crosswalks.
- Obey ALL of the laws for moving vehicles.
- STOP signs
- traffic lights
- lane markings
- one-way streets
- You must have a real headlight. It must not flash.
A reflector does you no good if you are behind a vehicle.
A steady red taillight or red reflector must be on the back.
Red lights are illegal on the front of a non-emergency vehicle.
You may have a flashing yellow light.
MOST FREQUENT CAUSES OF BICYCLE-VEHICLE ACCIDENTS:
- Riding on sidewalks and into the paths of vehicles
- Expecting traffic to treat a bicycle as a pedestrian
- No headlight at night
- Passing on the right of a vehicle about to turn right
- Wrong way on a one-way street
- Disobeying a STOP sign
- Disobeying a traffic light
- Entering traffic from off the street without stopping
- Suddenly entering traffic from a hidden location
- Failure to yield to other traffic with the right-of-way
- WHY BICYCLE LAWBREAKING IS ILLEGAL
- RIDING BICYCLES SAFELY AND LEGALLY
- MAKING TRAFFIC ACTUATED SIGNALS DETECT A BIKE
- MAKING SAFE BICYCLE PATHS AND SIDEPATHS
- BIKE LANES vs TURNING DRIVERS
Giving bikes the right-of-way is the WRONG thing to do.