Legal Resource: State Bike Laws
A common request from advocates is a resource of laws and sample legislation. This winter, the League of American Bicyclists compiled state-specific highlights of traffic laws that affect bicyclists, focusing on eleven categories of laws that most states have, but differ in ways that can have important impacts on bicyclists, pedestrians and other road users. Ken McLeod, Legal Specialist for the League and the Advocacy Advance team, compiled this resource and is working with advocates to create model legislation and get bike-friendly laws passed in your state.
Ken reviewed more than 2,000 laws related to bicycling. From planning and taxation to funding and traffic, he dusted off and dug in to statutes and administrative codes in each and every state. By researching those primary sources and tapping into great resources compiled by bicycling organizations and agencies, he was able to pull together a comprehensive database of laws.
Over the next few months, each of the 11 categories will be highlighted, from sidewalk riding to distracted driving. Read more about Safe Passing Laws here.
If you have suggestions or questions about this legal resource or about Ken’s work tracking funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects with Advocacy Advance, contact him directly at Ken@AdvocacyAdvance.org.