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Tuesday Traffic Tidbit – Bicycle Law

According to Michigan Motor Vehicle Code 257, the following laws pertain to bicycles:

If operated between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise, bicycles shall be equipped with a white light on the front and a red rear light or reflector. They shall also have pedal reflectors and reflective sidewalls on tires or spoke reflectors.

A person operating a bicycle shall not carry any package, bundle or article that prevents the driver from keeping both hands upon the handlebars, therefore it is illegal to use a cell phone when riding a bike unless it is in hands free mode. Texting is prohibited as bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.

You cannot be charged with DUI while riding a bicycle as DUI applies only to motor vehicle operators. However, it is considered dangerous to ride a bicycle while intoxicated and other laws may apply such as Public Intoxication or Reckless Endangerment.

For more information on Michigan Bicycle Laws and Safety or to print a copy of this publication, visit the League of Michigan Bicyclists at www.LMB.org. You can also stop by the Gerrish Twp. Police Department and pick up a copy of the booklet.