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New Traffic Laws


Effective Nov. 1, 2019


Proceed through Red Light when Safe – HB2454  47 O.S., Section11-202:

d. The driver of a motorcycle or bicycle facing any steady red light may cautiously proceed through the intersection if:

(1) the motorcycle or bicycle has been brought to a full stop as required by subparagraph a of this paragraph

(2) the traffic control signal is programmed or engineered to change to a green light only after detecting the approach of a motor vehicle and has failed to detect the arrival of the motorcycle or bicycle because of its size or weight, and

(3) no motor vehicle or person is approaching on the roadway to be crossed or entered, or the motor vehicle or person is at a distance from the intersection that does not constitute an immediate hazard. 

 

Safe Passing of a Cyclist when Traveling in the Same Direction – HB2453  47 O.S., Section 11-1208 (Paraphrased):

A motorist exercising due care when passing a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction shall:

1. If there is more than one lane for traffic proceeding in the same direction, a motorist shall move to the lane immediately left of the lane if available and reasonably safe to pass the bicyclist.  The motorist shall not move back into the travel lane until the vehicle is safely clear of the bicyclist. 

2.  If there is only one lane for traffic proceeding in the same direction, the motorist shall not overtake or pass a bicycle at distance of less than three (3) feet between any part of the motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator.  Motorist shall not move back to the right side until the vehicle is safely clear of the bicyclist.

3.  Motorist may cross the center of the road even when in a marked no-passing zone to pass a bicyclist if lane is not obstructed and the motorist does not impede oncoming traffic.  Crossing must be done in a safe manner. 

 

 

Electric Assist Bicycle (E-Bike) – HB1265 47 O.S., Section 1-104(Paraphrased and non-inclusive):

1.  Definition of an E-Bike is a bicycle with 2 or 3 wheels.  Fully operative pedals for human propulsion and equipped with an electric motor with a power output of not more than 750 watts that meets the following three classes:

a.  Class One – an electric-assisted bike equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling. And that ceases to provide assistance when bike reaches speed of 20 mph.   May be ridden on bicycle or multi-use paths where bikes are allowed.

b.  Class Two  – an electric assisted bike equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel bike, but can not provide assistance after bike reaches 20 mph.  May be ridden on bicycle or multi-use paths where bikes are allowed.

Both are subject to being prohibited by a local or state agency having jurisdiction over a bicycle or multiuse path. 

c.  Class Three – an electric assisted bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that stops assisting when the bike reaches the speed of 28 miles mph. Can not be ridden on a bicycle or multiple use path unless it is within or adjacent to the road, or unless the local authority or state agency having jurisdiction allows it.  Must be equipped with a speedometer.

2.  E-bikes must meet manufacturing and equipment requirements adopted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

3.  If operator under the age of 16, cannot carry a passenger.

4.  No licensing or insurance is required. 

5.  An electric assisted bicycle or operator shall be given all rights and privileges while following all the laws. 







   
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