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Last updated: April 21. 2013 1:00AM - 4389 Views
By Christopher J. Hughes



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Pennsylvania law requires automobiles to share the road with cyclists, but there are a number of other rules of the road both kinds of commuters must be aware of:


• State law requires cyclists 12 and under to wear a helmet.


• Bicycles are considered vehicles and must follow the flow of traffic including stop signs and traffic signals.


• Cyclists can be found at fault in a collision if they ride in violation of traffic laws.


• Bicyclists may ride on the shoulder or the road itself, depending on traffic speed, road conditions, and other safety factors.


• Bikes may not carry more people than they are designed for, but an adult may transport a child in a secure carrier or trailer.


• Those who ride between sunset and sunrise are required to equip their bike with a front lamp along with rear and side reflectors.


• Pedestrians have the right-of-way on sidewalks and bike paths. Cyclists are asked to give an audible signal as they approach.


• Cyclists are not permitted to ride on a sidewalk in a business district unless permitted by official traffic control devices or where a bicycle-only lane is available.


• Bicycles are not permitted on freeways.


• Cyclists should signal a left turn by extending their left arm horizontally, a right turn by either extending their right arm horizontally or their left arm upward, and a stop by extending their left arm downward.


Source: www.pacommutes.com/biking/


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