- Local time
- 4:18 AM
- Mar 14, 2011
- Rockwood, TN
Bicycles on sidewalks is illegal in many places but not all in the USA. You just have to check your local laws. However, no place in the USA are you allowed to operate under gas power on a sidewalk. In the USA only electric mobility devices can be operated at 15 mph or less on sidewalks.When you slap a motor on a bicycle, it's not considered a bicycle any longer. Traffic laws should be obeyed as if you were riding a motorcycle IN MOST CASES. There are some small exceptions in my eyes (I'll pedal through a greenbelt path which does not allow motorized vehicles ... sometimes with engine running ... somtimes with engine off (depending on how long of a ride I have)... but I will always pedal through those.
I've gone on the sidewalk when it's safer to do so than in the street... though rare... and always low speed.
Do you have mirrors? In the USA bicycles are considered vehicles and traffic laws apply to them too.