Is it legal for bicyclists to ride on Texas roadways?

Yes. In Texas, relatively few roads are closed to bicycle traffic. However, toll roads (Sam Rayburn Tollway) and some freeways, including interstates and highways (U.S. 75) are closed to bicyclists. Texas state law considers a bicycle to be a vehicle and they must be operated in accordance with vehicular laws on the street.

For example, cyclists must:

  • Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals
  • Never ride opposite the flow of traffic
  • Stop at all stop signs
  • Stop at all red lights
  • Use a white front and a red rear reflector or light
    • A light is required for nighttime operation and must be visible from a distance of at least 500 feet in front of the bicycle
  • Always have at least one working brake capable of making a braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement

Show All Answers

1. Is it legal for bicyclists to ride on Texas roadways?
2. Who has the right of way, a bicyclist or a pedestrian?
3. Do I have to wear a helmet?
4. Isn't riding on the road unsafe?
5. Where should I position myself when bicycling on the roadway?
6. How do I make a left turn at an intersection?
7. Can I ride on the sidewalk?
8. Are there rules for bicycling on McKinney's Hike and Bike Trails?
9. What are some guidelines for a safer bicycle ride?
10. What do pavement markings with a bike and two chevrons/arrows mean?
11. Do these markings really have an effect on driver and cyclist behavior?
12. On some streets, cyclists riding over this marking will take the entire lane. Aren't they supposed to move to the right?
13. Do shared lane markings or "sharrows" mean these lanes are only for bikes?
14. So if shared lane markings or "sharrows" are not present, then it's not a shared lane and bicyclists aren't supposed to be there?
15. Are these markings going to be on every street that does not have a bike lane?
16. I've never seen these markings before. Why are they being used now?