bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks outside business districts when necessary in the interest of safety, unless otherwise directed by local ordinance. A person operating a bicycle on the sidewalk shall yield the right of way to pedestrians and give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.
You are allowed ride your bike on the sidewalk in Boston, but we encourage you to use the street. If you choose to ride on the sidewalk, you should ride slowly and carefully and always yield to pedestrians.
Below are the City Ordinance guidelines addressing the issue of biking on sidewalks in the City. Bikes are not banned from all sidewalks, only the ones listed below in the business districts. If a bike is operated on any other sidewalk it must be done with regards to the safety of pedestrians and an operator of same could still be cited if a violation is observed.
SECTION 12.7: RIDING ON SIDEWALKS
Pedestrians have the right of way on all sidewalks. The operator of a bicycle shall yield to pedestrians in all traffic situations. The operator of a bicycle shall ride at a speed no greater than an ordinary walk when on a sidewalk or when entering or leaving a sidewalk. The operator of a bicycle shall give an audible warming before passing a pedestrian far enough in advance to allow the pedestrian time to react. No one shall operate a bicycle on a sidewalk in a manner that endangers or would be likely to endanger any person or property.
SECTION 12.8: SIDEWALK BICYCLING BANNED ON CERTAIN STREETS AND DISTRICTS
No person shall ride a bicycle on any sidewalk described in schedule 4B attached to and made part of these regulations and which has been posted with appropriate signs. No person thirteen years of age or older shall ride a bicycle on any sidewalk described in schedule 4B attached to and made part of these regulations and which has been posted with appropriate signs.
カリフォルニア州 (State of California)
California Bicycle Coalition (カリフォルニア州自転車連合？) のサイトによると、カリフォルニア州では、自転車の歩道走行可否は群とか市とかの地域の条例とかで決まるっていうことらしい。
Cyclists may travel either in the street or on the sidewalk. On the sidewalk they must behave so as not to cause danger to pedestrians (which is an arbitrary judgment that seems to translate into traveling at walking pace). Moreover, in some of the cities within the greater Los Angeles region, it is illegal to cycle on the sidewalk. Cyclists in general should follow the same traffic rules and behavior as motorized vehicles. It is legal for a cyclist to "take a lane" within the State of California, and in the case of narrow-width lanes it is advisable to do so.
Bicycles can be legally operated on all Florida sidewalks and crosswalks unless a local ordinance prohibits it. When on a sidewalk, the operator is operating a vehicle and must use helmets and lights when required, and is subject to the DUI laws. Otherwise, the operator has the rights and duties of a pedestrian, but must yield to all pedestrians.
Roads Closed to Bicycles - Some designated sections of the state's limited access highway system may be closed to bicycles for safety reasons. See State Highway Sections Closed to Bicycles for more information. In addition, local governments may adopt ordinances banning cycling on specific roads or on sidewalks within business districts.
RCW 46.61.755 Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles. (1) 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 this chapter, except as to special regulations in RCW 46.61.750 through 46.61.780 and except as to those provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application. (2) Every person riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk or crosswalk must be granted all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to a pedestrian by this chapter. [2000 c 85 § 3; 1965 ex.s. c 155 § 80.]
Section 11.44.120 RIDING ON A SIDEWALK OR PUBLIC PATH. Every person operating a bicycle upon any sidewalk or public path shall operate the same in a careful and prudent manner and a rate of speed no greater than is reasonable and proper under the conditions existing at the point of operation, taking into account the amount and character of pedestrian traffic, grade and width of sidewalk or public path, and condition of surface, and shall obey all traffic control devices. Every person operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk or public path shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian thereon, and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.
For more information about the Seattle Bicycle & Pedestrian Program, call (206) 684-7583.
What are the most important traffic laws I should know when bicycling in DC?
Bicyclists traveling on roadways have all the general rights and duties of vehicle drivers Helmet use is mandatory for cyclists under the age of 16. Helmet use is strongly recommended for all others. Cycling on sidewalks is permitted outside of the DC Central Business District. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks. A white headlight that is visible for 500 feet and a red reflector or taillight visible from 300 feet are required by law when riding at night. Here is the Street-Smart Cyclist Diagram showing how to make yourself more visible to motorists. For more information, see the Pocket Guide to DC Bike Laws.
Is there a state law prohibiting riding a bike on sidewalks? No, however some local governments may have local ordinances prohibiting bicycles on sidewalks. Bicyclist should contact local law enforcement for more information and be aware of posted signs.
Also, a person may stop, stand, or park a bicycle on a sidewalk if the bicycle does not impede the normal and reasonable movement of pedestrian or other traffic on the sidewalk. Tex. Transp. Code § 545.302.
CAN I RIDE MY BICYCLE ON THE SIDEWALK? City of Austin code states that a person may ride a bicycle on the sidewalk, however sidewalks are slower than streets, and are not always as safe as they seem. Crossing motorists may not expect such fast-moving sidewalk traffic. Ride carefully, checking before crossing streets and driveways. Slow down for pedestrians, and give an audible signal well before passing them.
Remember: sidewalk riding is illegal in certain parts of central Austin. Click here for a map of areas that prohibit sidewalk riding.