Bicycle Safety Laws and Guidelines


Bicycle Safety Laws and Guidelines


Over the years, the Louisiana Legislature has passed a number of laws designed to keep bicyclists and pedestrians safe. One of the more recent laws, named the Colin Goodier Bicycle Protection Act, requires motor vehicle operators to maintain a three-foot clearance between the vehicle and a bicycle when passing a bike.

Here are some additional laws and common-sense practices from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission that are designed to keep bike riders and pedestrians safe.

  • Every person riding a bicycle on a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.
  • Bike riders should give appropriate hand signals when turning, stopping or decreasing speed.
  • Every person operating a bike on a roadway must ride as near to the right side of the roadway as possible.
  • Persons riding bikes on a roadway must not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
  • Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bike riders are required use the path and should not use the roadway.
  • All bike riders should wear an approved helmet. Children under the age of 12 are required to wear an approved helmet.
  • Where sidewalks are provided, it is unlawful for a pedestrian to walk on an adjacent highway.Where sidewalks are not provided, any pedestrian walking along a highway should, when possible, walk only on the left side of the highway or its shoulder, facing traffic, which may approach from the opposite direction.

See a list of all Louisiana Bike Laws here.

Check out the guidelines from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for choosing a proper helmet.