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Local Traffic Laws

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.


Safe Streets Collaborative

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