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Is it illegal to ride your bike against traffic? The answer may not seem so obvious, especially since riding a bike seems so casual compared to operating a motor vehicle.
Even so, bike laws are fairly strict when it comes to certain rules of the road. This includes things like riding a bike while inebriated -- which can potentially get you busted for a DUI-related offense in many states -- and, yes, riding your bike against traffic.
Here's what you need to know about the law:
Just like any other driver, a bicyclist is considered a motorist. This means cyclists must also follow all traffic laws as well.
A failure to do so could result in a bicyclist being ticketed, just as a car driver would be.
To help illustrate this, here are what three states' laws have to say about biking against the direction of traffic:
While it may seem like the right way to go, riding your bike against traffic actually places you in a very dangerous situation and is not worth it. Not only is it generally illegal, but you also run the risk of not being seen by drivers -- and of being badly hurt in a head-on collision.
To learn more about the rules of the road for bicyclists, check out FindLaw's page on Bicycle Laws.
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