• When bike lanes are present, cyclists must stay in bike lanes, except when making a left turn, overtaking a slower cyclist, or avoiding a hazard.
• When making a left turn, if it is safe to do so, cyclists must move to center of the roadway and make the turn in accordance with the rules of the road. If it is not safe to do so, cyclists should dismount and cross on foot at a crosswalk.
• Cyclists may not ride on the sidewalk in or near city squares or business districts. For exact boundaries, see http://1.usa.gov/xsxiRc, Article XIII (please note, not all regulations at this link are up to date).
• Pedestrians have the right-of-way over bicycles and motor vehicles in all crosswalks and on sidewalks where bicycles are permitted, and bicycles and motor vehicles must yield to pedestrians in all traffic situations.
• Bicycles have the right-of-way (over pedestrians and motor vehicles) in designated bicycle lanes and on designated bike paths.
Finally, my two favorite and somewhat obscure traffic rules:
- Cyclists may not use a siren to announce their approach.
- Cyclists must come to an immediate stop when approaching a cow, horse, or other draft animal. (Not sure how this rule would apply to the cyclist in the cow suit in the photo above though.)
Photo by TPapi.