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Biking Laws
MISSOURI STATUTES

RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF BICYCLE AND MOTORIZED BICYCLE RIDERS.
307.188 

Every person riding a bicycle or motorized bicycle upon a street or highway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle as provided by chapter 304, RSMo, except as to special regulations in sections 307.180 to 307.193 and except as to those provisions of chapter 304, RSMo, which by their nature can have no application.


RIDING TO RIGHT, REQUIRED FOR BICYCLES AND MOTORIZED BICYCLES.
307.190

Every person operating a bicycle or motorized bicycle at less than the posted speed or slower than the flow of traffic upon a street or highway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as safe, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction,


EXCEPT
when making a left turn, when avoiding hazardous conditions, when the lane is too narrow to share with another vehicle, or when on a one-way street. Bicyclists may ride abreast when not impeding other vehicles.

RIDING BICYCLE ON SIDEWALKS, LIMITATIONS--MOTORIZED BICYCLES PROHIBITED.
300.347


1. No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district.

2. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

3. No person shall ride a motorized bicycle upon a sidewalk.
Riding bicycles, sleds, roller skates, by attaching to another vehicle, prohibited.

300.350 No person riding upon any bicycle, motorized bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toyvehicle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.

BICYCLE AND MOTORIZED BICYCLE, DEFINED
307.180 As used in sections 307.180 to 307.193:


1. The word "bicycle" shall mean every vehicle propelled solely by human power upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, except scooters and similar devices;

2. The term "motorized bicycle" shall mean any two- or three-wheeled device having an automatic transmission and a motor with a cylinder capacity of not more than fifty cubic centimeters, which produces less than three gross brake horsepower, and is capable of propelling the device at a maximum speed of not more than thirty miles per hour on level ground. A motorized bicycle shall be considered a motor vehicle for purposes of any homeowners' or renters' insurance policy.

BRAKES REQUIRED
307.183
Every bicycle and motorized bicycle shall be equipped with a brake or brakes which will enable its driver to stop the bicycle or motorized bicycle within twenty-five feet from a speed of ten miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.

LIGHTS AND REFLECTORS, WHEN REQUIRED--STANDARDS TO BE MET
307.185
Every bicycle and motorized bicycle when in use on a street or highway during the period from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise shall be equipped with the following:

1. A front-facing lamp on the front or carried by the rider which shall emit a white light visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway at five hundred feet;

2. A rear-facing red reflector, at least two square inches in reflective surface area, or a rear-facing red lamp, on the rear which shall be visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by a vehicle driver under the lower beams of vehicle headlights at six hundred feet;

3. Reflective material and/or lights on any part of the bicyclist's pedals, crank arms, shoes or lower leg, visible from the front and the rear at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by a vehicle driver under the lawful lower beams of vehicle headlights at two hundred feet; and

4. Reflective material and/or lights visible on each side of the bicycle or bicyclist and visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by a vehicle driver under the lawful lower beams of vehicle headlights at three hundred feet. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to motorized bicycles which comply with National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration regulations relating to reflectors on motorized bicycles.

PENALTY FOR VIOLATION
307.193
Any person seventeen years of age or older who violates any provision of sections 307.180 to 307.193 is guilty of an infraction and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars. Such an infraction does not constitute a crime and conviction shall not give rise to any disability or legal disadvantage based on conviction of a criminal offense. If any person under seventeen years of age violates any provision of sections 307.180 to 307.193 in the presence of a peace officer possessing the duty and power of arrest for violation of the general criminal laws of the state or for violation of ordinances of counties or municipalities of the state, said officer may impound the bicycle or motorized bicycle involved for a period not to exceed five days upon issuance of a receipt to the child riding it or to its owner.
Illinois statutes <http://www.dps.uiuc.edu/TrafficSafety/illinois.htm> say the same thing!


MISSOURI STATUTE
300.340
Opening and closing vehicle doors.
No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a motor vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.

For more information on bike law, safety tips and more, please visit www.MoBikeFed.org, the site of the Missouri Bicycle Federation.

Community Resources

Exploring Alternate Transportation

Trailnet on Tap is a speaker series that brings local livability experts to neighborhood pubs to talk about all things concerning alternative transportation. Issues like gear, safety, laws, DIY accessories, and more are discussed. If you're a woman in St. Louis looking for help with adding cycling to your commute, Arch Women events address solutions to common barriers including safety and personal grooming after a commute. For more information, click here.

Shifting Your Commute

Trailnet’s ShiftYourCommute.com is the first web tool of its kind in St. Louis. It is a trip tracking software that encourages individuals and workplace teams to commute car free. It can be used to connect green commuters with each other – to swap routes, meet up, ride together, and share tips. Shift Your Commute is able log bike, bus, train, and walking trips, and any combination of those. It calculates and reports to its members their carbon emissions saved, miles traveled, and calories burned. This information helps Trailnet track green commuting in St. Louis and advocate for green transportation alternatives. 

Combining Cyclist & Public Transit

Great Rivers Greenway trails and Bike St. Louis paths were designed to work with the existing Metro St. Louis transit system whenever possible to provide cyclists and pedestrians with more opportunities to connect throughout the region. 

Find out how to board a metro train with a bike, how to operate Metro bus bike racks and more by clicking here and reviewing the Metro St. Louis' bicycle information page.

Additional Resources

SAFE CYCLING:

Safe Bicycling 
City & State Laws
Resources for Free Helmets - St. Louis County

LOCAL GROUP & ORGANIZATIONS:

CyclingSavvy
STLBiking
Trailnet

STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES:

Missouri Department of Conservation – Confluence Greenway
Mississippi River Trail
Missouri Department of Transportation
St. Louis City Department of Parks Recreation and Forestry
St. Louis County Parks
Forest Park Forever
St. Louis Metro