Dallas Bikeway System

​Frequently Asked Questions

​How can I find out where to bike or run in Dallas?

The City of Dallas has bike route and trail maps available online at www.dallasparks.org

What are the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists on roadways?

The Texas Transportation Code states bicycles are considered vehicles and have all the rights and responsibilities that apply to drivers of motorized vehicles.

Are bicyclists allowed to ride on sidewalks?

Yes, provided riders obey traffic signs and signals, yield right of way to pedestrians, give an audible signal when overtaking and passing pedestrians, and travel in a safe, prudent manner at a speed appropriate to conditions.  Bicyclists are not permitted to ride on sidewalks in the central business district as described in Section 9.1 of the Dallas City Code.

Are bicyclists allowed to ride in crosswalks?

Yes. On crosswalks, bicyclists have the same rights as pedestrians. Bicyclists are required to yield to pedestrians.

Do bicyclists have to ride in the bike lane?

No. bicyclists can use the adjacent travel lanes if they are moving at the speed of traffic. Bicyclists can also use adjacent lanes to pass another vehicle or prepare for a turn.

Do I need to wear a bicycle helmet in the City of Dallas?

Only minors (persons under 18 years of age) are required to wear a bicycle helmet in the City of Dallas.

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