Bicycle Safety in South Bethany – Know the Law Before You Ride

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018


The South Bethany Police Department is very concerned for the safety of our residents and visitors. So we would like to make you aware of some important information concerning the operation of bicycles on town roads and on State Route 1.

  • Bicycles are subject to the same traffic laws as motor vehicles and as such, must obey all traffic laws and signals that apply to motor vehicles. This includes texting/talking on a cell phone and operating a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol. Yes, you can be charged with DUI while riding a bicycle.
  • Bicycles must ride as close as practicable to the right hand edge of the road way in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic and are not permitted to ride on sidewalks.
  • When riding at night, bicycles must be equipped with a light on the front which emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a red reflector which must be visible for 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of a motor vehicle with its low beams on.
  • When wearing headphones while riding, the headphones must not cover both ears.
  • Riders and passengers under the age of 18 must always wear a helmet. Parents/guardians of minor children riding without helmets may be cited for this violation. The South Bethany Police Department recommends riders of all ages to wear helmets.

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