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Sec. 154-1411. Traffic laws applicable to persons riding bicycles.

Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of this state declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicles or by the traffic laws of the city applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as otherwise provided in this article and except as to those provisions of law which by their nature, can have no application.

(Code 1956, § 38-200)

State law reference— Similar provisions, R.S. 32:194.

Sec. 154-1412. Obedience to traffic control devices.

Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic control signals, signs, and other traffic control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer. Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right, left, or "U" turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such signs, except when such person dismounts from the bicycle to make any such turn, such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.

(Code 1956, § 38-201)

Sec. 154-1413. Failure to stop in event of accident.

Any person who, while riding or propelling a bicycle or other vehicle or instrument of that general character, shall run against, upon or over any person upon the public highways or the property of any person in his personal possession or use in such a manner as might do an injury or cause damage to such person or property and shall not stop at once to ascertain the extent of such injury and to render such assistance as may be needed or shall refuse to give his name and residence when asked for by the person so injured or by any other person in his behalf shall be guilty of an offense.

(Code 1956, § 38-202)

Sec. 154-1414. One-handed steering.

Every rider of a bicycle, tricycle or other vehicle propelled by hand or foot must keep at least one hand on the handlebars of his machine when riding it.

(Code 1956, § 38-203)

State law reference— Similar provisions, R.S. 32:195.

Sec. 154-1415. Riding on roadways and bicycle paths.

Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right-hand side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

(Code 1956, § 38-204)

State law reference— Similar provisions, R.S. 32:197.

Sec. 154-1416. Riding on sidewalks.

No person 15 or more years of age shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk in the city nor will bicycles be allowed on sidewalks in the business district.

(Code 1956, § 38-205)

Sec. 154-1417. Speeding.

No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.

(Code 1956, § 38-206)

Sec. 154-1418. Right-of-way at alley or driveway.

The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk extending across any alleyway, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching upon such sidewalk area and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on such roadway.

(Code 1956, § 38-207)

Sec. 154-1419. Manner of riding.

A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

(Code 1956, § 38-208)

State law reference— Similar provisions, R.S. 32:195.

Sec. 154-1420. Carrying articles.

No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars or which interferes with the stability of the bicycle or the rider's vision.

(Code 1956, § 38-209)

State law reference— Similar provisions, R.S. 32:195.

Sec. 154-1421. Parking bicycles.

No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than:


Upon the roadway against the curb;


Upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle;


Against a building; or


At the curb;

in such a manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.

(Code 1956, § 38-210)

Sec. 154-1422. Necessary bicycle equipment.


Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of least 500 feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type which shall be visible from all distances from 50 feet to 300 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlights of a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.


No person shall operate a bicycle unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least 100 feet, except that a bicycle shall not be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren or whistle.


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

(Code 1956, § 38-211)

State law reference— Similar provisions, R.S. 32:329.

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