The Rules of the Road

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cyclists everywhere in the United States are supposed to abide by the same traffic laws as drivers. To find out about all the D.C. bike laws (e.g., you must have a light at night, you are not allowed to ride on the sidewalks in certain areas) and learn bike safety tips (such as the safest way to make a left turn), go to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association Web site,

In Maryland, helmet laws are the same as in the District: If you are younger than 16, you must wear a helmet. In most jurisdictions in Northern Virginia, anyone younger than 15 must wear a helmet.

To recall the biking hand signals (not required by D.C. law) that you learned as a kid but might have forgotten, go to

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