DC, MD & SC BIKE LAWS
Protecting cycling rights
For over 20 years we have been actively advocating and educating for stronger laws to protect cyclists. Below is a quick look at laws for Washington, DC, Maryland, and South Carolina.
Washington, DC Bike Laws
General Bike Laws
Cyclists traveling on roadways have all the general rights and duties of drivers of vehicles.
Ride with the flow of traffic on the right half of the roadway.
WHERE TO RIDE
Operate a bicycle in a safe and non-hazardous manner, so as not to endanger himself or herself or any other person.
Cyclists Passing Cars
Allowed to pass on left or right, in the same lane of changing lanes, or pass off the road.
Cars Passing Cyclists
A person driving a motor vehicle shall exercise due care by leaving a safe distance but in no case less than 3 feet when overtaking and passing a bicycle.
No person shall open any door of a vehicle unless it is safe to do so and can be done without interfering with moving traffic.
Mandatory Bike Lane Use
Cycling on Sidewalks
Yield to pedestrians. Prohibited in the central business district (bounded by Massachusetts Ave. NW, 2nd St NE-SE, D St SE/SW, 14th St NW, Constitution Ave and 23rd St NW). Allowed where posted in this area, and prohibited where posted outside this area.
Bell or other device required, sirens prohibited.
Required for any operator or passenger under 16 years of age.
Lights at Night
Front white light and rear red reflector (or rear red light) required when dark, may be attached to operator.