By Wentworth S.B. No. 238
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1-1 AN ACT
1-2 relating to the safe operation of bicycles on roadways.
1-3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-4 SECTION 1. Section 551.103, Transportation Code, is amended
1-5 by amending Subsection (c) and adding Subsection (e) to read as
1-7 (c) Persons operating bicycles on a roadway shall ride
1-8 single file [
may ride two abreast. Persons riding two abreast on a
1-9 laned roadway shall ride in a single lane. Persons riding two
1-10 abreast may not impede the normal and reasonable flow of traffic on
1-11 the roadway. Persons may not ride more than two abreast unless
1-12 they are riding on a part of a roadway set aside for the exclusive
1-13 operation of bicycles].
1-14 (e) Persons operating bicycles in a group of three or more
1-15 bicyclists may not ride on a farm-to-market or ranch-to-market road
1-16 that is without improved shoulders.
1-17 SECTION 2. Section 551.104, Transportation Code, is amended
1-18 by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (d) to read as
1-20 (a) A person may not operate a bicycle unless the bicycle is
1-21 equipped with:
1-22 (1) a brake capable of making a braked wheel skid on
1-23 dry, level, clean pavement; and
1-24 (2) a slow-moving-vehicle emblem, as defined by
2-1 Section 547.001, that conforms to the requirements of Section
2-3 (d) Subsection (a)(2) does not apply to a person operating a
2-4 bicycle on a path set aside for the exclusive operation of
2-6 SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.