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ALASKA BICYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS


Resident
Population

742,000

Total Traffic
Fatalities

84

Pedalcyclist
Fatalities

1

Percentage of Total Traffic Fatalities

1.2%

Pedalcyclist Fatalities per Million Population

1.35

ALASKA BICYCLE STATUTES


  1. Parents cannot authorize or knowingly permit their kids to violate these laws. AMC 9.38.010(a).

  2. Laws also apply when a bicycle is operated upon a sidewalk, trail, or pathway. AMC 9.38.010(b).

  3. Every person riding a bike has all the rights and is subject to all the duties, applicable to drivers of motor vehicles. AMC 9.38.020(a).

  4. You can’t ride your bike off a curb or other“place of safety” into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute a hazard. AMC 9.38.020(b).

  1. If you ride your bike on (or across) a sidewalk, trail, or pathway, you have all the rights and duties of a pedestrian. AND, when riding on a sidewalk, trail, or pathway:

    1. you can’t go more than 10 mph when approaching or crossing an uncontrolled crosswalk or driveway, or crossing a curb cut or pedestrian ramp where a motor vehicle is approaching the uncontrolled crosswalk, driveway, curb cut or pedestrian ramp;

    2. when entering a controlled intersection, shall obey the traffic control device and enter the intersection at a reasonable and prudent speed;

    3. shall operate the vehicle at a reasonable and prudent speed when in the presence of pedestrians on the same sidewalk, trail or pathway, consistent with section 9.38.070 (13, 14, and 15 below). AMC

      9.38.020(c).

  2. When riding a bike, you have to obey all traffic control devices unless otherwise directed by a police officer, school crossing guard, flagman, or other official directing traffic. AMC 9.38.030(a).

  3. You cannot disobey a traffic sign that say no right, left, or “U” turn UNLESS you dismount and make the turn as a pedestrian. AMC 9.38.030(b).

  4. You have to ride on a seat attached to your bike. AMC 9.38.040(a).

  5. Youcan’tcarryanotherpersonunlessyouhaveaseatortrailerfortheother person. AMC 9.38.040(b).

10.You can’t hang on to vehicles. AMC 9.38.050.

11.You have to ride as far to the right of the road, trail, or pathway as practicable, exercising due care when avoiding hazards or passing or meeting other vehicles, bikes, pedestrians, or other users of the road, trail or pathway unless:

  1. When passing another bike or vehicle traveling in the same direction;

  2. When getting ready to make a left turn;

  3. When necessary to avoid hazards (parked vehicles, pedestrians,

    animals, road hazards, etc.);

  4. When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized;

  5. When necessary to take up a whole lane when waiting to cross an

    intersection to increase visibility; or

  6. When traveling the same speed as traffic. AMC 9.38.060(a).

12.You can’t ride more than two abreast except on paths set aside for bikes or in the case of permitted bicycling events. AMC 9.38.060(b).

13.You can’t ride on a sidewalk in a business district. AMC 9.38.070(a).

14.The Muni Traffic Engineer can erect signs prohibiting bike riding on sidewalks or roadways. AMC 9.38.070(b).

15.When riding on a sidewalk, trail or pathway, you have to yield the right of way to pedestrians, and give an audible signal by voice or audible warning device before overtaking and passing pedestrians. AMC 9.38.070(c).

16.Bicycles must be parked so as not to obstruct traffic or pedestrians. AMC 9.38.080.

17.You can’t carry any package, bundle or article which prevents you from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars. AMC 9.38.090.

18. You have to have a light on your bike or worn on your body when riding after dusk and before dawn that emits a white light visible from 500 feet to the front, and with a red reflector visible from 100 to 600 feet from the rear when in front of a vehicle with low beams on. A red light can be used in addition to a reflector. AMC 9.38.100.

19.You have to have a brake that can stop you in 20 feet when traveling 10 mph on clean, dry, level pavement. AMC 9.38.100(b).

20.You have to have an audible warning device that can give a signal audible for at least 100 feet, but you CANNOT put a whistle or siren on your bike. AMC 9.38.100(c).

21.A rental agency can’t rent a bike unless it complies with the lamp and other equipment requirements of this section. AMC 9.38.170.

22.You can’t remove or destroy the serial number on a bike. AMC 9.38.190.

23.You have to wear a helmet if you are 15 or under when riding in a public place. Failure to do so is a $25 fine, which can be waived if you show proof of purchase of a helmet after the citation was issued. AMC 9.38.200.

The AAC is mostly consistent with the AMC provisions listed above. One important provision to pay attention to (which isn’t in the AMC) addresses making turns. See No. 12 below. So you have the complete set, here is what the AAC says:

1. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway has all the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle. 13 AAC 02.385(a).

  1. Parents may not authorize or knowingly permit their children to violate this chapter. 13 AAC 02.385(b).

  2. When signs indicate no right, left, or U-turn is permitted, you cannot disobey the sign unless you pull over to the extreme right or shoulder of the road, dismount, and make the turn as a pedestrian. 13 AAC 02.385(c).

  3. You cannot carry another person on your bike unless your bike is equipped with a seat for the person, except that an adult rider can carry a child securely attached to his person in a backpack or sling. 13 AAC 02.395(b).

  4. You can't hold on to a vehicle (or attach your bike to a vehicle) to be towed or pulled. 13 AAC 02.395(c).

  5. You have to maintain control of your bike at all times, and must always have at least one hand on the handlebars. 13 AAC 02.395(d).

  6. No unicycles, roller skates, coasters, or similar devices are allowed on a roadway. 13 AAC 02.395(e).

  7. You must ride as far to the right as practicable, and give way to the right as far as practicable to a motor vehicle traveling in the same direction when the driver gives you an audible signal. 12 AAC 02.400(a).

  8. You cannot ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roads set aside for the exclusive use of bikes. If you are riding two abreast, you still cannot impede traffic, and must ride in the farthest right lane. 12 AAC 02.400(b)

10.When a shoulder is maintained in good condition, you must use it. 12 AAC 02.400(c).

11.If you are riding on a path, you must exercise care not to collide with others, must give an audible signal before overtaking a pedestrian, and yield the right of way to any pedestrian. 12 AAC 02.400(d).

12.If you are riding on a roadway and want to make a left turn, you must do so just like a car, which means:

  1. You must approach and make the turn from the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the same direction. When you make the turn, you must proceed into the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the same direction, unless conditions prevail that necessitate other action to assure safety;

  2. Where a special lane for making left turns by drivers proceeding in the opposite direction is available (this is the center turn lane that can

be used by traffic going both ways), then you cannot make a left turn from any other lane, and you can’t ride in the lane except to make a turn;

c. If there is a traffic control device in or adjacent to an intersection that requires a different course than specified above, you must follow the direction of the traffic control device to make a turn.

AND, you must signal by hand and arm continuously during the last 100 feet traveled unless the hand is needed for control of the bike. When stopped and waiting to turn, you must give a hand and arm signal continuously. 12 AAC 02.400(f).

13.You cannot ride a bike on a sidewalk in a business district or where prohibited by a traffic control device. 12 AAC 02.400(g).

14. You cannot park a bike on a street or sidewalk in a manner which obstructs pedestrian traffic or the driving or parking of motor vehicles. You cannot secure a bike to a (1)fire hydrant, (2) police or fire call box, (3) traffic signal poles, (4) stanchions or poles in a bus zone, (5) stanchions or poles within 25 feet of an intersection, or (6) trees less than 10 inches in diameter. 13 AAC 02.420.

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