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State Traffic Laws

Local Motion offers a summary of the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists in Vermont as well as a summary of both Vermont statutes as a pocket-sized summary printed on waterproof paper.  To order free copies for distribution to your neighbors, cycling club, school, or workplace, contact Mary Catherine Graziano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  You can also download a PDF of the state summary by clicking here

Additional resources include:

Vermont State Statutes

Rules of the Road by the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition

 

Local Traffic Laws

Municipalities in Vermont can have varying traffic laws. Burlington's ordinances, for example, have a few differences from State Statue.  They include:

  • Prohibition of cycling two abreast on roadways
  • Prohibition of cycling on the sidewalks in Burlington's "Inner Fire District" -- basically the downtown area bounded by Pearl Street, Winooski Avenue and Main Street.

Local Motion offers a summary of the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists in Burlington as a pocket-sized summary printed on waterproof paper.  To order free copies for distribution to your neighbors, cycling club, school, or workplace, contact Mary Catherine Graziano at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  You can also download a PDF of the Burlington summary by clicking here. 

For details, you can read Burlington's Code of Ordinances online.  For other municipalities, contact the local Town Clerk or City Clerk.

 

Trail Etiquette

Vermont has many different types of trails -- hiking trails, mountain biking trails, equestrian trails and shared-use trails.  Help us keep our trails in good shape and respectful places by following the following etiquette.

 

HIKING TRAILS:

SHARED-USE TRAILS:

  • Ride, walk and inline skate on the right side of the path (unless otherwise posted)
  • Ring a bell or say "passing on your left" when passing
  • Obey all traffic laws and signs
  • When bicycling, signal your turns by using your arms
  • When running, walking or bicycling side-by-side, be alert for other path users and get in single file when others approach
  • Wear a helmet when biking, inline skating or skateboarding -- it's not the law in Vermont but it makes good sense!

EQUESTRIAN TRAILS:

More information on Vermont trails is available through the Vermont Trails & Greenways Council.

 

 

Safe Streets Collaborative

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