Bicycles

Biking enthusiast and Montgomery City Council member Mike Cappel rode his bike all the way to Montgomery, NY, in September 2017, using many scenic bikeways and trails.

Many people of all ages enjoy bicycling in Montgomery. While there are laws to protect cyclists on Montgomery roadways, cyclists should be extra cautious for the inattentive motorists that may not see them. Please follow these rules while riding your bicycle in Montgomery.

Riding a bicycle on the sidewalk and playgrounds

  • Riding bicycles on the sidewalk is permitted in Montgomery per ordinance 75.05.
  • There is no age restriction when riding on the sidewalk.
  • A person operating a bicycle on a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
  • No person shall operate a bicycle upon any park, playground or schoolground where children are playing without the permission of the persons having supervision of the park, playground or schoolground.

Riding a bicycle on the street

  • Cyclists must obey all roadway traffic laws which includes stopping at stop signs and red lights.
  • Cyclists shall operate as close to the right side of the roadway as possible unless the roadway edge is unsafe.
  • When making a left turn, cyclists may safely move to the center of the lane to prepare for the left turn.
  • Cyclists shall use arm signals indicating a left turn, right turn, and stopping.
  • Cyclists may safely proceed through a red traffic signal once they have stopped if their weight is not sufficient to activate the pavement sensor to change the signal.
  • Cyclists may not ride more than two side by side.
  • Cyclists must operate in the direction of traffic NOT against traffic.
  • Cyclists must yield to pedestrians within a crosswalk.
  • Cyclists must yield to emergency vehicles.

Bicycle Equipment

  • Audible devices on bicycles are strongly suggested but not required by law.
  • Bicycle helmets are strongly suggested but not required by law.
  • Every bicycle shall be equipped with an adequate brake when used on a street or highway.
  • A lamp mounted on the front of either the bicycle or the operator that shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and 300 feet to the sides. Bicycles equipped with front (white) and rear (red) lighting visible up to 500 feet is strongly suggested.
  • A red reflector on the rear that shall be visible from all distances from 100 feet to 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle.
  • Additional lamps and reflectors may be used, except that red lamps and red reflectors shall not be used on the front of the bicycle and white lamps and white reflectors shall not be used on the rear of the bicycle.

Motorists

  • Whenever possible motorists must allow a 3-foot cushion space when passing a cyclist.
  • Motorists should be extra vigilant during the summer months to pay attention to cyclists, pedestrians, and motorcycles that are sharing the roadways.  Cell phones and other distractions could prove deadly.