Rules of the Road
Staying safe on Vermont's roads, paths, and sidewalks starts with understanding the rules of the road. Local Motion provides this resource to make sure that you stay informed, and stay safe.
Give Some Love, Get Some Love:
Safety is a Two-Way Street.
That's the motto of the Safe Streets Network. We've been working since 2008 to build a culture of respect on Vermont's streets and roads. Our "Give Some Love" brochure lays out the rules of the road for people walking, biking, and driving in clear, straightforward language. Our goal is to make it easy to do the right thing!
Local Motion offers a summary of the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists in Vermont as a pocket-sized reference printed on waterproof paper. To order free copies for distribution to your cycling club, school, or workplace, contact Mary Catherine Graziano. You can also view the Vermont statutes online by clicking below.
Here are shortcuts to some of the most important specific sections of the Vermont State Statutes:
- Passing motor vehicles and vulnerable users
- Pedestrians' right of way in crosswalks
- Crossing except at crosswalks
- Pedestrians on roadways
- Riding on roadways and bicycle paths
- Lights on vehicles other than motor vehicles
- Hand Signals
- Opening and closing vehicle doors
- Putting glass, other items, on highway prohibited
- Driving on the sidewalk
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.
- 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!