Q:

Do I have to obey traffic laws while riding a bicycle?

A:

Bicyclists must obey all traffic laws. This includes, but is not limited to stop signs, yielding to traffic, yielding to pedestrians, stoplights, and using turn signals.

Q:

Where should I bike if there is no designated bicycle lane?

A:

Bicyclist should always travel in designated bicycle lanes or adjacent paths if available. If designated bicycle lanes are not available, bicyclists should remain on the right-hand side of the road, as close to the shoulder as possible, within reason and while remaining safe. Exceptions to this rule include but are not limited to one-way streets, passing, hazardous shoulders, and left-hand turns.

Q:

Is it illegal to operate a bicycle without a helmet?

A:

Bicyclists are not required to wear helmets in Kansas or Missouri. However, using one can prevent serious injury or death.

Q:

How should we bicycle if in a group?

A:

Generally, it is illegal to bicycle more than two abreast. However, it is sometimes legal to bicycle more than two abreast: in Missouri, if it doesn’t impede other vehicles, while in Kansas, on a bicycle path or designated lane.

Q:

What is required for night biking in Missouri?

A:

A red rear reflector, or red rear light, is mandatory for night biking. The reflector cannot be smaller than 2 square inches. Their reflector or light should be visible by standard, low-beam headlights at 600 feet. Reflectors on pedals are also mandatory, and they should be visible from standard headlight at 200 feet in standard conditions. A front-facing white light lamp that can shine 600 feet in standard conditions is required. Side reflectors are also compulsory and should be visible by headlights 300 feet viewing the bicycle from the side in normal weather conditions.

Q:

What is required for night biking in Kansas?

A:

Rear reflectors are mandatory for night biking, red rear lights are optional. They should be red. Their reflection should be visible by standard headlights, visible at 600 feet from behind, and 100 feet from any direction in normal weather conditions. A front-facing white light that can shine 500ft in normal conditions is mandatory for night biking.

Q:

Can I bicycle on the sidewalk?

A:

Generally speaking, yes. However, pedestrians always have the right-of-way. An audible signal must be given before passing any civilian. Additionally, it is illegal to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk in any business district within Missouri.

Q:

Is it legal to use a vehicle to pull a bicycle as I ride it?

A:

No.

Q:

Can penalties for bicycle violations vary based on age?

A:

Yes.

Q:

Do bicycle statutes vary over time and location?

A:

Yes.

Q:

Can I park in a way that blocks a designated bicycle lane?

A:

No.

Q:

Can I ride my bicycle on the interstate?

A:

No.

Q:

Do bicyclist have to ride on the shoulder of the road if the road has a shoulder?

A:

No.