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Bicyclists

Bicyclists have the same rights as a motorist.

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation. Regardless of mode of transport, being safe on the road is a responsibility shared by all. Bicyclists have the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as every motorist; however, they are more vulnerable since they do not have the protection provided by a vehicle.
 
In 2017 in North Dakota, the bicycle-related fatalities involving a
motor vehicle included 1 male and 1 female.

North Dakota Bicycles Law

  • No bicycle may be used to carry more persons at one time than the number it is designed for.
  • An individual riding bicycle on the road should ride as near to the right side of the roadway as possible.A group of individuals riding bicycles may not ride more than two, side by side, except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for bicycle use.
  • No person operating a bicycle may carry any package, bundle, or article which prevents the driver from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.
  • Every bicycle when in use at nighttime must be equipped with a lamp on the front which emits a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet [152.4 meters] to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the department. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet [152.4 meters] to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.
  • Every bicycle must be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
Learn more about North Dakota's bicycle law here.

Bicyclist tips to help keep you riding safely:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Be aware of traffic
  • Check your brakes
  • Ride with traffic
  • Be aware of blind spots

Drivers: Share the Road

  • Yield to bicyclists as you would motorists and do not underestimate their speed. This will help avoid turning in front of a bicyclist traveling on the road or sidewalk, often at an intersection or driveway.
  • In parking lots, at stop signs, when packing up, or when parking, search your surroundings for other vehicles, including bicycles. 
  • Drivers turning right on red should look to the right and behind to avoid hitting a bicyclist approaching from the right rear. Stop completely and look left-right-left and behind before turning right on red.
  • Obey the speed limit, reduce speed for road conditions and drive defensively to avoid a crash with a cyclist.
  • Give cyclists room. Do not pass too closely. Pass bicyclists as you would any other vehicle - when it's safe to move over into an adjacent lane.

Lead Agencies:

ND State Highway Patrol
ND DOT
ND Department of Health