Lakewood Bicycle Law

Lakewood Municipal Code has the rules of the road for bicycles to follow in Lakewood, Colorado.

Rules for Bicycles in Lakewood, Colorado

10.51.010 Effect of regulations.
10.51.020 Traffic laws apply to bicyclists and motorized bicycle riders.
10.51.030 Obedience to traffic-control devices.
10.51.040 Riding on bicycles and motorized bicycles.
10.51.050 Riding on roadways and bicycle paths.
10.51.060 Speed.
10.51.070 Control of bicycles.
10.51.080 Entering or emerging from alley or driveway.
10.51.090 Parking.
10.51.100 Riding on sidewalks.
10.51.110 Equipment on bicycles and motorized bicycles.
10.51.115 Equipment on motorized bicycles.
10.51.120 Clinging to vehicles.
10.51.130 Bicycle prohibited.

10.51.010 Effect of regulations.

A. It is unlawful for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this chapter.

B. The parent of any child or guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this chapter.

C. These regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any street or highway within this municipality or upon any path or trail therein set aside for the use of bicycles, subject to those exceptions stated herein. (Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).

10.51.020 Traffic laws apply to bicyclists and motorized bicycle riders.

Every bicyclist and motorized bicycle rider using a roadway where bicycle or motorized bicycle travel is permitted shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all the duties and penalties applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle as set forth in this title, except those provisions of this title which, by their very nature, can have no application. (Ord. O-78-79 § 6, 1978; Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).

10.51.030 Obedience to traffic-control devices.

A. Every bicyclist and motorized bicycle rider shall obey all stop signs, other traffic signs or markings and traffic lights, unless otherwise directed by a police agent.

B. Whenever authorized regulatory signs are erected, no bicyclist shall disobey the direction of any such sign, except that when such person dismounts from the bicycle, he shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.

C. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class 4 traffic offense. (Ord. O-78-79 § 7, 1978; Ord. O-75-96 § 83, 1975; Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).

10.51.040 Riding on bicycles and motorized bicycles.

A. A person propelling a bicycle or riding a motorized bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent or regular seat attached thereto.

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

C. A person propelling a bicycle or riding a motorized bicycle shall not ride with less than one hand on the handlebars at all times.

D. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class 4 traffic offense. (Ord. O-78-79 § 8; Ord. O-75-96 § 84, 1975; Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).

10.51.050 Riding on roadways and bicycle paths.

A. Every bicyclist and motorized bicycle rider using a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, always moving in the same direction as other vehicular traffic except where a designated two-way bikeway is provided, exercising care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction. On paved roadways where no adjacent or contiguous space for the bicyclist or motorized bicycle rider has been designated, the bicyclist has a nonexclusive right to use the right-most portion of the paved roadway necessary for safe travel except where such use is prohibited.

B. 1. Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall ride single file; except that riding no more than two abreast is permitted in the following circumstances:

a. When riding two abreast will not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic; or

b. When riding on paths or part of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

2. Persons riding bicycles two abreast shall ride within a single lane.

3. Persons riding motorized bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on lanes or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycle.

C. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, every person riding a bicycle shall signal the intention to turn or stop in accordance with the provisions of Section 42-4-903, C.R.S.; except that a person riding a bicycle may signal a right turn with the right arm extended horizontally. A signal of intention to turn right or left when required shall be given continuously during not less than the last one hundred feet traveled by the bicycle before turning and shall be given while the bicycle is stopped waiting to turn. A signal by hand and arm need not be given continuously if the hand is needed in control or operation of the bicycle.

D. On off-street bikeways, all bicyclists shall ride on the right side of the bikeway.

E. A person riding a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk or pathway or across a roadway and along a crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian. A person riding a bicycle in a crosswalk shall do so in a manner that is safe for pedestrians.

F. 1. When traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle approaching on that street shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping, if need be to so yield, to a bicyclist crossing the roadway in the marked pedestrian crosswalk.

2. No bicyclist or motorized bicycle rider shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and ride, walk, or run into the path of a moving vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

G. Whenever special pedestrian-control signals exhibiting the words “Walk” or “Don’t Walk” are in place, such signal shall control the actions of bicyclists using the pedestrian crosswalks as follows:

1. “Walk.” While the “Walk” indication is illuminated, the bicyclists facing such signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal indication.

2. “Don’t Walk” (flashing). Whenever the “Don’t Walk” indication is flashing, no bicyclist shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of the indication, but any bicyclist who has partially completed his crossing during the “Walk” indication shall proceed to a sidewalk or to a safety island and all drivers of vehicles shall yield to any such bicyclist.

3. “Don’t Walk” (steady). While the “Don’t Walk” indication is steadily illuminated, no bicyclist shall enter the roadway to cross that roadway in a pedestrian crosswalk in the direction of the signal indication.

4. Whenever the signal system provides for the stopping of all vehicular traffic and the exclusive movement of pedestrians, and “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” signal indications control such pedestrian movement, bicyclists may cross in any direction between the corners of the intersection offering the shortest route within the boundaries of the intersection or the “Walk” indication exhibited, if signals and other official devices direct pedestrian movement in such a manner consistent with Section 10.45.050(A)(3)(d).

H. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class 4 traffic offense. (Ord. O-2006-30 § 10, 2006; Ord. O-94-34 § 16, 1994; Ord. O-78-79 § 9; Ord. O-75-96 § 85, 1975; Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).

10.51.060 Speed.

No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class 4 traffic offense. (Ord. O-75-96 § 86, 1975; Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).

10.51.070 Control of bicycles.

No bicyclist shall ride on any roadway within this municipality in such a manner as to demonstrate a lack of control over his bicycle or his direction and manner of travel or in any fashion that constitutes a danger to the person or property of another or himself. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class 4 traffic offense. (Ord. O-75-96 § 87, 1975; Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).

10.51.080 Entering or emerging from alley or driveway.

Every bicyclist emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or sidewalk area extending across any alleyway, stop and yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on the sidewalk or sidewalk area, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the roadway. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class 4 traffic offense. (Ord. O-75-96 § 88, 1975; Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).

10.51.090 Parking.

Every bicycle shall be parked in such a manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian travel, and to vehicular traffic and parking. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class 4 traffic offense. (Ord. O-75-96 § 89, 1975; Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).

10.51.100 Riding on sidewalks.

A. When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk.

B. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian.

C. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class 4 traffic offense. (Ord. O-75-96 § 90, 1975; Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).

10.51.110 Equipment on bicycles and motorized bicycles.

A. Every bicycle, when in use on a street or highway between sunset and sunrise and at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, person and vehicles on the street or highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of one thousand feet ahead, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front.

B. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the department of revenue, which shall be visible for six hundred feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle or, in lieu of such reflective material, with a lighted lamp visible from both sides from a distance of at least five hundred feet.

C. No bicycle shall be equipped with, nor shall any person use upon a bicycle, any siren or whistle.

D Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake or brakes which will enable its rider to stop the bicycle within twenty-five feet from a speed of ten miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.

E. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class 4 traffic offense.

(Ord. O-2006-30 § 11, 2006; Ord. O-78-79 § 10, 1978; Ord. O-75-96 § 91, 1975; Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).

10.51.115 Equipment on motorized bicycles.

A. Every motorized bicycle when in use on a street or highway between sunset and sunrise and at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, person and vehicles on the street or highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of one thousand feet ahead shall be equipped with a lamp on the front, which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear, of a type approved by the department, which shall be visible from all distances from fifty to three hundred feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.

B. No person shall operate a motorized bicycle unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least one hundred feet; except that a motorized bicycle shall not be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a motorized bicycle a siren or whistle.

C. Every motorized bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

D. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class 4 traffic offense. (O-2006-30 § 12, 2006).

10.51.120 Clinging to vehicles.

No person riding upon any bicycle, motorized bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class 4 traffic offense. (Ord. O-78-79 § 11, 1978; Ord. O-75-96 § 92, 1975; Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).

10.51.130 Bicycle prohibited.

Whenever official signs are erected giving notice that bicycles are prohibited, as authorized in this title, no bicyclist shall violate any of the instructions contained thereon. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class 4 traffic offense. (Ord. O-75-96 § 93, 1975; Ord. O-74-44 § 1 (part), 1974).