Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, June 14, 2010

Boise has New Bike Safety laws!

Boise has New Bike Safety laws!

    Boise is a terrific cycling town, but we all need to remember - safety comes first.   

    The Boise City Council wants Boise streets to be safe for everyone using the road. Please take a moment to review these new Boise City ordinances enacted in January:

    Harassment of Cyclists and Pedestrians, Boise City Code. 10-10-14

    It shall be a misdemeanor for any person, maliciously and with the specific intent to intimidate or harass or cause another person to crash, stumble, or fall because that other person is walking along the roadway or operating a bicycle along the roadway, to: threaten, by word or act, to cause physical injury to the pedestrian or bicyclist, or throw or otherwise expel any object at or in the direction of the pedestrian or bicyclist.

    Penalty: General Misd.  - upon conviction thereof shall be fined in an amount not exceeding three hundred dollars ($300.00) or be imprisoned in the City jail for a period not exceeding six (6) months or be both so fined and imprisoned.

    Riding on Sidewalks and Crosswalks, BCC 10-14-08

    A bicycle may be operated upon a sidewalk and upon and within a crosswalk, except where prohibited by official traffic control devices, except when the number of pedestrians using the sidewalk renders bicycle riding on the sidewalk unsafe because of the risk of colliding with one of the pedestrians, in which case the bicycle rider must dismount and walk the bicycle to an area where safe riding may resume.

    Any bicyclist riding upon a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and within a crosswalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible warning before overtaking and passing such pedestrian. The audible warning may be given by the voice or by a bell or other lawful device capable of giving an audible signal to the person or persons being overtaken and passed.

    A bicyclist riding upon a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and within a crosswalk, shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
A bicyclist riding on the sidewalk shall not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and move into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

    Penalty: Infraction – fine $56.50

    3 Feet to Pass, BCC 10-10-04 D    

    The operator of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle or pedestrian on a highway shall leave a safe distance, but not less than 3 feet, when passing the bicycle or pedestrian and shall maintain that distance until safely past the overtaken bicycle or individual.

    Penalty: Infraction – fine $85

    Cars Turning Left and Right, 10-10-01 C & D

    The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to a bicycle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.

    Penalty: Infraction – fine $85    

    When a motor vehicle and a bicycle are traveling in the same direction on any highway, street, or road, the operator of the motor vehicle overtaking such bicycle traveling on the right side of the roadway shall not turn to the right in front of the bicycle at an intersection, alley, or driveway until such vehicle has overtaken the bicycle and has sufficient clearance to safely turn without requiring the bicyclist to brake or take evasive action to avoid a collision with the vehicle.

    Penalty: Infraction – fine $85

    Reckless Operation of a Bike, BCC 10-14-17

    A person who uses or rides a bicycle on a sidewalk, street, roadway, highway or any public or private property open to public use, carelessly and heedlessly, or without due caution and circumspection, or at such speed or in any other manner as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property shall be guilty of reckless bicycling and, upon conviction may be sentenced to jail for not more than six (6) months or may be fined not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or may be punished by both fine and imprisonment.