Can I ride on the sidewalk?

While riding a bike on the sidewalk is not prohibited, it should be noted that sidewalks are for pedestrians. Except for very young cyclists under parental supervision, sidewalks are not for bicycling. Much like wrong way riding, sidewalk riding can lead to crashes since it places bicyclists in situations where others do not expect them.

If a cyclist chooses to ride on the sidewalk, these guidelines are strongly encouraged: Be courteous, ride at a low speed, stay right, pass left, clearly announce when passing, yield to slower users, stop at stop signs and wear a helmet.

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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?