What to Know About Colorado's Bicycling Laws

Colorado is known for its breathtaking and scenic views, making bicycling a popular way for residents and tourists to sightsee while getting fresh air and exercise. Colorado has consistently been rated as one of the top states in the country for bicyclists regarding the well-kept trails, incredible views, and mild weather. While riding a bicycle is fun, accidents can happen if cyclists do not know Colorado’s bicycling laws. 

Mintz Law Firm has the knowledge to help clients understand the bicycling laws in Colorado. When a cyclist is knowledgeable of the state’s laws and traffic regulations regarding bicycles, they may be able to avoid a damaging accident that could leave them badly injured. 

What are Colorado’s General Bicycling Laws? 

Under Colorado law, bicyclists have the same responsibilities and privileges as other operators of vehicles on the roads. This means that a bicyclist should receive the same respect as the driver of a car, and they may also receive a ticket or penalty for failing to obey traffic laws. Additionally, bicyclists must follow these rules:

  • There may not be more people on a bicycle than it was designed to hold
  • A bicycle may not be hitched to another vehicle to catch a ride
  • Ride as far to the right of the right lane as possible unless avoiding a hazard, passing another vehicle, or making a left turn
  • If bicycling with others, ride single file
  • Keep one hand one bicycle bars at all times while riding
  • Audibly declare an intention to pass other pedestrians or cyclists
  • Use hand signals to indicate slowing, stopping, or turning
  • Use a white headlight and red taillight
  • Rear reflectors must be visible from 600 feet away in the dark 

Colorado’s bicycling laws are meant to help keep cyclists safe. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, it is essential you know what your rights and privileges are as a cyclist when filing your claim. 

Do You Have to Wear a Helmet While Bicycling in Colorado?

Wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle may be the difference between life or death if an accident occurs. While it is encouraged that cyclists always wear a helmet whenever they ride their bike, it is not required by Colorado law that they are worn. Keep in mind that if an accident does occur and you are not wearing a helmet, you may suffer from the following injuries:

  • Head injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Death

Wearing a helmet may prevent a damaging injury if an accident occurs while you are riding your bike. However, if a negligent driver hits you in an accident that leaves you injured, whether you were wearing a helmet or not, you have a right to file a bicycle accident claim. An experienced bicycle accident lawyer may be able to help you build a strong claim as you pursue the financial compensation you may be owed. 

Get Help From a Colorado Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Bicycling is a popular way to get from place to place while exercising in Colorado. While a bicycle ride can be scenic and fun, an accident may occur when least expected and leave the cyclist severely injured. If you or a loved one was injured in a Colorado bicycle accident, get help from a bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. 

Mintz Law Firm is an award-winning bicycle accident injury firm with experience helping clients who have been injured in Colorado. Our skilled legal team is dedicated to helping our clients build strong bicycle accident claims to help them pursue the damages they may be owed for any losses they have suffered. To schedule a free consultation, contact us here or call (303) 462-2999.

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