Bike Law in Mississippi


Don't forget to download the Bike Law pocket guide to keep a copy of the law with you when you are riding! 

 

For Bicyclists: 
For Motorists:  

Ride Right (and WITH Traffic)

Bicyclists must ride as close as practical to the right hand edge of roadway except when:

  • Unsafe to do so

  • When passing another bicycle or vehicle

  • When preparing for a left turn

  • When proceeding straight where right turns are permitted and

  • When necessary to avoid hazardous conditions

 

No more than 2 abreast:

  • Bicyclists may not ride more than two abreast except when on roads exclusively for bicycles (trails, paths, etc.)

 

Indicate Turns:

  • Bicyclists shall indicate right turns, left turns and stops with hand signals before taking action.

  • Right turn: left arm upward, left arm to square or right arm horizontal to right.

  • Left turn: Left arm extended horizontally

  • Stop: left arm or right arm downward.

 

Passing: 

  • When passing a bicyclist, motorists shall leave not less than three (3) feet between vehicle and bicycle

 

AND

 

  • shall maintain three (3) feet minimum clearance until safely past the bicycle.

 

  • Motorists may pass a bicycle in a non-passing zone ONLY when it is safe to do so.

 

  • Motorists passing a bicycle may NOT make a right turn unless turn can be made with reasonable safety.

 

Anti-Harassment:

It is unlawful to harass, taunt or maliciously throw an object at or in the direction of anyone riding a bicycle. This is a fineable offense of up to $2,500 and 7 days jail time.

Please Note:

 

  • When you are riding, please remember to ride as far right as is practical AND learn when to legally "take the lane." 

 

  • *PLEASE NOTE: ON THE NATCHEZ TRACE, BICYCLISTS MUST RIDE IN SINGLE FILE.   ON OTHER MISSISSIPPI ROADS, YOU MAY RIDE TWO ABREAST. *Bicycles are not allowed on the Interstate.

 

Motorists: If you don't have room to pass, just wait until it is safe....and CHANGE LANES TO PASS.  

 

Change lanes to pass is a statewide

bicycle safety campaign from 

Bike Walk Mississippi.