2006 Code of Virginia § 46.2-905 - Riding bicycles, electric personal assistive mobility devices, electric power-assisted bicycles, mo...

46.2-905. Riding bicycles, electric personal assistive mobility devices,electric power-assisted bicycles, motorized skateboards or scooters,motor-driven cycles, and mopeds on roadways and bicycle paths.

Any person operating a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device,electric power-assisted bicycle, motorized skateboard or scooter, or moped ona roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and placeunder conditions then existing shall ride as close as safely practicable tothe right curb or edge of the roadway, except under any of the followingcircumstances:

1. When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the samedirection;

2. When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private roador driveway;

3. When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions including, but not limitedto, fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, pedestrians, animals,surface hazards, or substandard width lanes that make it unsafe to continuealong the right curb or edge;

4. When avoiding riding in a lane that must turn or diverge to the right; and

5. When riding upon a one-way road or highway, a person may also ride as nearthe left-hand curb or edge of such roadway as safely practicable.

For purposes of this section, a "substandard width lane" is a lane toonarrow for a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electricpower-assisted bicycle, motorized skateboard or scooter, or moped and anothervehicle to pass safely side by side within the lane.

Persons riding bicycles, electric personal assistive mobility devices,motorized skateboards or scooters, or electric power-assisted bicycles on ahighway shall not ride more than two abreast. Persons riding two abreastshall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, shall moveinto a single file formation as quickly as is practicable when beingovertaken from the rear by a faster moving vehicle, and, on a laned roadway,shall ride in a single lane.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the Department ofConservation and Recreation shall permit the operation of electric personalassistive mobility devices on any bicycle path or trail designated by theDepartment for such use.

(1974, c. 347, 46.1-229.1; 1980, c. 130; 1981, c. 585; 1989, c. 727; 2001,c. 834; 2002, c. 254; 2003, cc. 29, 46; 2004, cc. 947, 973; 2006, cc. 529,538.)

Disclaimer: These codes may not be the most recent version. Virginia may have more current or accurate information. We make no warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained on this site or the information linked to on the state site. Please check official sources.