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Anchorage Police Department
Tuesday April 24th, 2018 :: 09:10 a.m. AKDT

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Our roads are clear of snow which means they are full of bicycles.

Sharing can be one of the most difficult lessons we are forced to learn as kids but it’s a skill required of us for the entirety of our lives if we want to live harmoniously.  It’s summertime which means that bicyclists and motorists have to travel well together and share the streets.
 
In order to obtain your driver’s license you had to pass a series of tests, so we’ll make the assumption that all drivers understand the rules they have to follow (oh come on - work with me here).  These are some of the rules that bicyclists must follow:
 

  • Any bicyclist traveling on a roadway is subject to the same rights and rules that drivers are.
  • Any bicyclist traveling on a sidewalk, trail, or pathway is subject to the same rights and rules that pedestrians are. 
  • Once a person dismounts from their bicycle then they shall follow all of the rules that a pedestrian would.
  • A bicyclist on a sidewalk or trail must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and give an audible signal before overtaking said pedestrians.
  • By law bicyclists 15 years old and younger are required to wear a helmet.  But let’s think about this for a moment: IT’S YOUR MELON. Protecting your noggin is a good idea at any age.  Your brain functioning properly is... kind of important.
  • Just like motorists are required to turn on their vehicle’s headlights 30 minutes prior to sundown through 30 minutes after sunrise – bicyclists must be lit up too, both front and back.
  • A bicyclist is required to obey any sign prohibiting them from traveling on a roadway or sidewalk/trail.
  • No bicyclist is allowed to ride their bikes on the sidewalks in downtown Anchorage (the southern border is 9th Avenue, the northern border is 3rd Avenue, the western border is L Street and the eastern border is Gambell Street).
  • When a bicycle lane is present a bicyclist must use it and not share a lane of travel with vehicles.
 
Regardless of your mode of transportation this summer, watch out for one another and be safe! 
 
All municipal ordinances may be viewed on our website at www.muni.org/police.  The chapter pertaining to bicycles is 9.38.
 

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Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900

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