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Knowing Your Rights on the Road as a Cyclist

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on March 21, 2022

Riding a bicycle is a healthy, eco-friendly, economical way to travel. In the state of Colorado, bicycles are considered vehicles and generally have a right to share the road, the same as motor vehicles. If you are injured in a crash caused by a negligent driver, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries.

Do Bicyclists Have Protection Under Colorado Laws?

Bicyclists in Colorado are classified as Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs), meaning they are vulnerable to serious injury caused by motor vehicle drivers, along with pedestrians, skateboarders, and people on scooters. A motor vehicle driver whose careless and imprudent actions are the proximate cause of serious bodily injury or death to a VRU can be charged with a Class 1 traffic misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in county jail, a fine of up to $1000, and driver’s license suspension. When passing cyclists, motor vehicle drivers are required to maintain a distance of at least three feet.

How Are Bicyclists in Colorado Required to Ride?

The following rules of the road apply to bicyclists in Colorado:

  • When traveling below the speed limit on a bicycle, you must stick as close as possible to the right of the roadway, except to overtake a vehicle, to avoid hazards, or when moving in a lane of less than standard width.
  • When turning left, you may use the left turn lane or perform a box turn, a maneuver that allows you to turn left without leaving the right side of the road.
  • On one-way roads, you may ride as near to the left-hand side of the road as possible.
  • You are generally permitted to ride on sidewalks, but you must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
  • You must come to a complete stop at all stop signs and red traffic lights, unless local ordinances allow exceptions, such as a safety stop, in which a bicyclist may go through when no vehicles or pedestrians are present.
  • You may not ride more than two abreast, except on specially designated bike lanes or paths. Bicyclists are not permitted to ride two abreast if it impedes the movement of motor vehicle traffic.
  • Unless that hand is required to control the bike, you must signal not less than 100 feet before turning or coming to a stop.
  • You must exercise due care when passing a vehicle proceeding in the same direction or standing still.
  • Every bicycle must have brakes capable of making the wheels skid on the pavement within 25 feet from a speed of 10 mph.
  • Any bicycle on the road at night must be equipped with a white front headlight (visible from at least 500 feet) and a rear red reflector (visible from at least 600 feet).

What Should You Do After a Bicycle Accident?

After a bicycle accident with injuries, call the police to report the incident. Get names and contact information for any eyewitnesses. Take photos and document any relevant information at the accident scene. Get prompt medical treatment for your injuries and consult with an experienced Grand Junction personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Insurance companies are in business for profit and do not have your best interests at heart.

Why Choose Us?

Attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew J. Nolan are known for being passionate about mountain biking. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we have handled many accident and injury cases and have recovered millions in settlements and awards for our clients. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively maximize your claim. If you have been hurt in a bicycle crash caused by the negligence of another, contact us at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation.

 

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