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Biking is a popular mode of transportation for young people headed to school or school activities. The way a person rides their bicycle can place them in conflict with pedestrians and motor vehicles. It is important for bicycle riders to remember which rules apply to them.

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13-1810. Traffic Laws Apply to Persons Riding Bicycle or Tricycle. Every person riding a bicycle or tricycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of this state, declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicle or by the traffic ordinances of this city applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to special regulations in this chapter and exempt as to those provisions of laws and ordinances which by their nature have no application.

Bicycles are designed with a balance point centered near the permanently affixed seat. Riding elsewhere on the bicycle or sharing the ride can place the bicycle out of balance increasing the possibility of a crash. Regulations limit how a bicycle is ridden.

13-1812. Riding on Bicycles.

1. A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto;

2. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number which it is designed or equipped.

Bicycle riders are to remain to the right while traveling on the roadway. The city of West Fargo has installed recreation paths in many areas of West Fargo to increase the safety of riders. Where a recreational path is present riders are directed to use the path.

13-1813. Riding On Roadways and Bicycle Paths.

1. Every person operating a bicycle or tricycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction;

2. Persons riding bicycles or tricycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles or tricycles;

3. Wherever a usable path for bicycles or tricycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle or tricycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.

The ability to properly control a bicycle can dependent upon the conditions of the riding surface, debris and even precipitation. To increase safety the speed at which a person may ride a bicycle is regulated.

13-1814. Speed. No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.

Common sense would say you need to have your hands free to properly control your bicycle. Regulation has been enacted to ensure at least one hand is available to control the bicycle and to prevent interference with the rider's ability to see.

13-1816. Carrying Articles. No person operating a bicycle shall carry a package, bundle or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars, or carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the forward vision of the operator.

Pedestrians and cyclists sharing a recreational path or sidewalk can create a conflict between the two. It is important to remember the person riding a bike must give way to the pedestrian.

13-1818. Riding on Sidewalks.

1. No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district;

2. No person 12 or more years of age shall ride any bicycle upon any sidewalk in any district, except those persons engaged in delivering newspapers and except those persons who are riding with a child under 12 years of age for the purpose of supervision and guidance may ride their bicycle upon a sidewalk outside the business district during working hours only in order to complete delivery of their newspapers;

3. No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk which is within or part of an underpass;

4. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

Motor vehicle operators are reminded bicyclist are entitled to share the roadway. With that entitlement come rules the bicyclist must follow. Please ride safely and share the road.

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