Puerto Rico Bicycle Rules in English
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
The following is an English interpretation of the Bicycle Rules in Puerto Rico!
§ 5321a. Public Policy on Bicycle Rules in Puerto Rico
Current through all acts translated by the Translation Office of the Puerto Rico Government through the 2010 Legislative Session and various acts from 2011 to the present.
NO BICYCLE HELMET LAW
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there is no no bicycle helmet law in Puerto Rico.
Although there is No Bicycle Helmet law in Puerto Rico (yet), BRPR strongly advises that everyone wears a bicycle helmet when riding.
- Free bike helmets for everyone participating in a bike rental or bike tour.
- Anyone choosing not to take and wear a helmet must sign a waiver.
- No one under the age of 16 will ride a bike without a helmet.
It is hereby declared as the public policy of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to provide conditions that will allow and promote the use and enjoyment of bicycles as a means of transportation or recreation. As part of the implementation of this public policy, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico shall have the following responsibilities:
Bicycle Laws & Rules in Puerto Rico
According to research the following actions are forbidden by law. These rules and safety precautions require a modern update.
- To carry more passengers than the number of seats available on a bicycle.
- To carry packages or objects that protrudes the front or the back of the bicycle and/or wider than the width of the handlebars. [*1 Bike Trailers]
- To pair up with another cyclist [*2 Formation] and do not ride on the right. [*3 ?]
- To install and/or use a siren or horn.
- To use excessively the bicycle bell in urban zones.
- To ride on sidewalks or other structures that are destined to the exclusive use to pedestrians. [* Kids Exempt.]
- To ride without a white light on the front and a red light or reflector in the back.
- To ride a bicycle with damaged brakes.
Riding a bicycle on highways is legal only on limited access roads. Do not ride on any busy highway if at all possible.
The Puerto Rican Vehicle code also forbids access to motorcycles on highways if they have an engine smaller than 360 cc and all motorcycles must have a permit from the Department of Transportation and Public works to ride on a highway.
Video of Biking Rules New York City by Mark Derho
FOLLOW THESE RULES EVERYWHERE PLEASE
—Jan. 7, 2000, No. 22, added as § 11.02 on June 3, 2004, No. 132, § 11, eff. 8 months after June 3, 2004.
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