Code of The City of New Carrollton, Prince George's County

Part II, General Legislation

Chapter 110 – Vehicles and Traffic

110-38. Regulation of bicycles.

  1. Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except as to special regulations in this section and except as to those provisions of this chapter which, by their nature, can have no application.

  2. Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, unless such person dismounts from the bicycle, in which event such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.

  3. No person fifteen (15) or more years of age shall ride a bicycle upon any public sidewalk.

  4. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian on the sidewalk.

  5. A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than on or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one (1) time than the number for which it is designed or equipped.

  6. No person riding a bicycle shall attach it or himself or herself to any vehicle upon a roadway.

  7. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practical.

  8. Every bicycle in use upon a public street at any time between the hours from sunset to sunrise shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which emits a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front and a red reflector or lamp on the rear which shall be visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the rear when in line with the normal lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle.

  9. Every bicycle in use upon a public street shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

  10. Every bicycle in use upon a public street shall be equipped with a horn, bell or other similar warning device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least one hundred (100) feet.[1][133]

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