Puerto Rico Rights of Cyclist and Obligations of Drivers- Law 22 of 2000
(Vehicle and Transit Law Chapter 11 ) - English Translation
Article 11.01. - Basic rule. (9 L.P.R.A. § 5321):
Article 11.03. - Use of bicycles on Puerto Rico Public Roads
[Note: Section 10 of Law 24-2017 repealed the previous Article 11.03 and replaced it with a new one]
In relation to the use and handling of bicycles on public roads, the following will be illegal acts:
(a) Carrying a bicycle with more passengers than seats has the same.
(b) Carry packages or objects protruding from the ends of the handlebars or the ends front and rear of the same and that prevent the driver to keep at least one hand on the handlebar of the bicycle.
(c) Running away from the edge of the curb or right bank of the public road, being required to Any person who drives a bicycle through a taxi zone should stay as close to the right bank of the public road that is possible, and exercise due caution when passing a vehicle that is stopped or one that is traveling in the same direction, except on roads or sectors of the shooting area that would have been reserved for the exclusive use of bicycles.
(d) That a person traveling on a bicycle, similar vehicle or toy vehicle will hold onto or one said vehicle to another on a public road.
(e) To ride a bicycle on a public road without it being provided with a bell or other device capable of emitting an audible signal at a distance of one hundred (100) feet, except that no bicycle can be equipped with a siren, nor will any person use a bicycle that It would have been equipped with this class of devices.
(f) Use unnecessarily the timbre or other device that requires subsection (e) of this Article in the urban area.
(g) Running on sidewalks or elevated structures intended exclusively for the passage of pedestrians
(h) Do not carry, during night hours, a white light in the front part capable of emitting a white light visible from a distance of not less than five hundred (500) feet in front and one light or red reflector on the back, which should be visible from any point included in the a distance of one hundred (100) feet to six hundred (600) feet from the back of the bicycle when This is directly illuminated by the low headlamp lights of a vehicle of engine. A lantern can be used that emits a visible red light from a distance of five hundred (500) feet of the back of the bicycle in addition to the red reflector.
(i) Driving a bicycle with defective brakes unable to stop the braking wheels on the dry, flat and clean pavement.
(j) Driving a bicycle if you are not sitting in a permanent and regular seat that has been attached to it.
(k) Driving a bicycle on public roads or recreational centers without being provided with a helmet protector that meets the requirements established by regulation by the Secretary, in keeping with with the standards of the American Standards Association for helmets, published on 1 August 1966, according to whether they are updated, amended or replaced.
(l) It is further provided that:
(1) Any cyclist carrying a child under the age of four (4) or less than a passenger of forty (40) pounds must be loaded into a specially designed seat that protect from the moving parts of the bicycle;
(2) No child shall remain in the special seat of the bicycle, unless the cyclist is in immediate control of it;
(3) The owner of a bicycle sales business may not sell any bicycle that does not have a permanent identification number attached or engraved in its structure, nor may rent a bicycle to a child under the age of sixteen (16) if he or she does not have a protective helmet or provide one at the time of renting the bicycle. In addition, it will provide written information in Regarding the rules on bicycle use established in this Act, and maintain a record where the receipt of said information is recorded. Any person who violates the provisions of this Article, will commit an administrative fault and will be punished with a fine of one hundred (100) Dollars. Any person who violates the provisions of this Article, will commit an administrative fault and will be sanctioned with a fine of one hundred (100) dollars. In the event that as a result of the violation of any of the provisions herein established, causing a vehicular accident or any accident where a pedestrian is involved, the administrative fine will be five hundred (500 dollars).
Article 11.04. - Letter of Rights of the Cyclist and Obligations of the Driver.
(A) Bicycles Rights of the Cyclist in Puerto Rico:
(B) Bicycle & Obligations of the Cyclist in Puerto Rico
Bicycle Bill of Rights of the Cyclist in Puerto Rico Article 11.06. - Puerto Rico Bicycle Educational Campaign. (9 L.P.R.A. § 5324)
The Commission for Traffic Safety, the Department of Transportation and Works Public, the Puerto Rico Police and the Highway and Transportation Authority will carry out an educational campaign through the media to guide the public about the provisions of this Chapter.
This educational campaign should include, among others, the creation of a particular link in the cybernetics web page of the Traffic Safety Commission on the Bill of Rights of the Cyclist and Driver Obligations so that citizens are informed and can be prevented lamentable accidents.
This link will be an interactive one through which the citizenship of visual and auditory can learn how to act correctly when driving a motor vehicle through the shooting area while sharing the same with a cyclist.
So you should also include tips for cyclists and drivers how to share our public roads safely.