Rules of the Road

A bicyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as the operator of a motor vehicle. Bicyclists should ride with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic laws. Bicyclists have the right to ride on any public street or highway, with the exception of any interstate highway. Adults should not ride bicycles on sidewalks, although riding on specially designed wide side-paths is appropriate. Bicyclists should take care at intersections.

Under Arkansas law a bicycle must have a working and operating white light on the front. It must also have a working and operating red light (or red reflector) on the rear. Reflective gear on the rider and/or bicycle is not required, but it is a good practice.

Arkansas has a 3 feet law. It states that all vehicles must provide at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a bicycle.

Helmets are not required by law but it is good practice to wear one.

Under Arkansas law a bicyclist may treat a stop sign as a yield sign and may treat a red stop light as a stop sign.

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