Bicyclist Rights & Responsibilities

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While Manchester’s designated on-street bicycle lanes are limited (for now!), bicyclists are entitled to drive on the street as long as they follow the same “rules of the road” as vehicular traffic. Additionally, bicycles must keep to the far right of the lane except when making a left-hand turn, overtaking another bicycle or vehicle, or avoiding a hazard in the road.

By RSA 265:143a, motorists passing a bicyclist must leave at least three feet of clear space between the motor vehicle and the bicycle.

It should also be noted that riding a bicycle on a sidewalk is illegal in Manchester. It’s called a sidewalk, after all, not a sideride.

This being New Hampshire, riders over the age of 16 are not required to wear a helmet. That said, it’s always a good idea. State law does, however, require riders wear reflective apparel from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise.

Here’s a list of New Hampshire laws pertaining to bicyclists:

Section 265:143 Application of Motor Vehicle Laws to Bicycles.
Section 265:143-a Drivers to Exercise Due Care When Approaching Bicycle.
Section 265:144 Riding on Bicycles.
Section 265:145 Clinging to Vehicles Prohibited.
Section 265:146 Permits.
Section 265:147 Limitations.
Section 265:148 Sidewalks Outside Compact Area.
Section 265:149 Ordinances and Bylaws.
Section 265:150 Penalty.
Section 265:151 Limitation of Prosecution.
Section 265:152 Bicycle Parking.
Section 265:153 Penalty.