Cycling Crash Indicates Need to Look Deeper into Nevada Bike Laws

Cycling Crash

Nevada law grants bicyclists the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists. But a deadly 2020 bicycle crash in Las Vegas stirred many to question whether the state’s laws adequately protect cyclists in traffic.

About the Crash

In 2020, a seemingly harmless group bicycle ride in Las Vegas turned fatal, resulting in the deaths of five cyclists.

The group of cyclists, 18 in total, were riding in a designated bike lane while traveling south on US-95. Due to high wind gusts, some of the cyclists followed a vehicle for cover. The vehicle was carrying gear and other supplies. Eight cyclists were struck when a big box truck swerved into the bike lane. Five cyclists died after being crushed between the truck and the vehicle leading them. Another three were injured.

Does Nevada Law Require Bike Helmets?

Nevada law does not currently require bike helmets. However, health and transportation officials advise that bicyclists can best protect themselves from a severe head or traumatic brain injury by wearing a helmet. Bicyclists should wear helmets that have been tested and certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for safety.

Where Can Cyclists Ride in Nevada?

Nevada bike laws permit cyclists to ride in the same travel lanes as other drivers. Both bicyclists and drivers are expected to follow the rules of the road.

On roads and highways where bicycle lanes are available, cyclists should always use the bike lanes for better safety. Drivers must respect the bicycle lanes by not driving onto or into them. Likewise, if a roadway or highway shoulder is available and at least four feet wide, cyclists should travel in them for increased safety.

Whether in a bike lane or a travel lane, cyclists should ride as far right on a road or highway as possible.

Can a Bicyclist Ride on the Sidewalk?

No state law prohibits bicyclists from riding on the sidewalk. However, local ordinances and municipal codes may impose other requirements on cyclists. For example, Las Vegas Municipal Code 11.40.180 makes it unlawful for cyclists to ride on the sidewalks on Fremont Street between Main Street and Seventh Street. Before riding on the sidewalk in any jurisdiction, check your local laws. The state law alone may not shield you from liability if a bicycle accident occurs.

Are there Special Rules for Cycling at Night?

When cycling at night, bicyclists must have several items of protective gear:

  • Dual reflectors, one on each side of the bicycle
  • A red reflector on the back of the bike
  • White headlight
  • Lights and reflectors are required from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.

Other Nevada Bike Laws

Nevada has several other bicycle laws to promote the safety of bicyclists.

  • Drivers must remain at least three feet away from bicyclists when attempting to pass.
  • On multi-lane roads, drivers must remain at least one lane away from bicyclists.
  • Cyclists shouldn’t ride side by side with more than one cyclist on roads or highways. If cyclists are riding in designated bike lanes, they can ride side by side in higher numbers.
  • Cyclists must have at least one hand on their handlebars at all times.

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