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Bicycling has grown in popularity across North Carolina, both as a recreational sport and a regular mode of transportation. Many areas offer bike lanes and bike-friendly facilities to accommodate those traveling by two pedals. However, bicyclists are particularly vulnerable road users. We’re all responsible to watch for each other.

North Carolina Bicycle Laws

Riding at Night

Bicyclists riding at night must have an active, white front light (visible from at least 300 ft) and a rear red light (visible from 300 ft) or reflective clothing.

Bike With Traffic

Bicyclists must ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as other vehicle traffic.

Bike Helmets

Every person under 16 year old must wear an approved bicycle helmet when operating a bicycle on any public road, public bicycle path, or other public right-of-way.

  • When driving a car, give 3 feet between you and a bicyclist.

  • Treat your bike as a vehicle, and follow the rules of the road.

  • Ride in the street and not on sidewalks. You are more visible to drivers pulling out of intersections and driveways.

  • When riding next to parked cars, watch for opening doors.

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