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BCPD Informer
by John Chase, Deputy Chief
Boulder City Police Department

Bicycle Safety
I find it somewhat disturbing when I learn of a person that died as a result of a bicycle crash. These crashes are often preventable; perhaps the driver of the vehicle could have been more attentive or the rider of the bicycle could have followed a few basic safety tips. State and local laws already exist which provide guidance in this area, some of which I have provided for your reference. Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 484.503 states the following:

Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles.  Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway has all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle except as otherwise provided in NRS 484.504 to 484.513, inclusive, and except as to those provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application. (Laws and City Codes are not included in their entirety.)

Bicycles are also addressed in the City Code Section 10-7-1:

A. Riding On Sidewalks Within Business District/Private Property: No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district or upon private property without the consent of the owner within the limits of the City.

B. Bicycle Upon Sidewalks To Yield To Pedestrian: Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

C. Rider Emerging From Alley/Driveway: The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway, yield the right of way to all pedestrians approaching on said sidewalk or sidewalk area, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles approaching on said roadway.

While I generally do not like to recite the law for my readers, I do see a lot of bicycle riders taking unnecessary risks. In addition to adherence to established laws, always wearing a bicycle helmet is simply the smart thing to do. I am hopeful that you are never in need of our outstanding Fire Department Personnel for a bicycle crash that may have been avoidable.

Until next month, stay safe!

John Chase can be reached via his e-mail address at

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