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Bicyclists should ride as close as practicable to the right edge of the roadway. Bicyclists have the right to occupy the entire lane when they are overtaking and passing another vehicle, preparing for a left turn, avoiding unsafe conditions, or the lane width is too narrow to share with a motor vehicle.

Bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks unless prohibited by local ordinance or traffic control devices. While on the sidewalks, bicyclists must always yield the right of way to pedestrians and give an audible signal before passing a pedestrian. Bicyclists must yield the right of way to pedestrians or vehicles when pulling onto a sidewalk or highway from a driveway. When approaching pedestrians or other cyclists from the rear, cyclists should remember they most likely will not be heard.

Bicyclists must not ride between two lanes of traffic moving in the same direction unless one lane is a separate or mandatory turn lane.  On roadways, bicyclists shall not ride more than two abreast. Bicyclists riding two abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, shall move into a single file formation as quickly as practicable when being overtaken from the rear by a faster moving vehicle. On a laned roadway, bicyclists shall ride in a single file.

J1-106.1 Use of a helmet is strongly recommended. (Formerly J110.1)

J1-106.2 Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs, signals, lights and markings as if operating a motor vehicle.

J1-106.3 Bicyclists must signal intentions to stop or turn. (Formerly J1-102)

J1-106.4 Bicyclists should be predictable and ride in a straight line. (Formerly J110.4)

J1-106.5 According to Virginia law, every bicycle ridden between sunset and sunrise must have a white light on its front with the light being visible at least 500 feet to the front. The bicycle must also have a red reflector on the rear, visible 300 feet to the rear. A red light visible 500 feet to the rear may be used in place of or in addition to the red reflector. (Formerly J105.5)

J1-106.6 Bicyclists should use bright colors, lights, and reflective material to be noticed while riding. (Formerly J110.8)

J1-106.7 A person riding on a bicycle must not attach himself/herself or his/her bicycle to any other vehicle on the roadway. (Formerly J105.3)

J1-106.8 No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number of persons for which it was designed or equipped. (Formerly J105.1)

J1-106.9 Do not carry articles which prevent the operator of the bicycle from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars. (Formerly J105.2)

J1-106.10 According to Virginia law, earphones are prohibited while riding a bicycle. (Formerly J105.4)

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