Cyclists have all the rights and are subject to all of the duties and regulations applicable to drivers of motor vehicles. By obeying the laws and riding predictably, you make it easier for everyone to share the road. Following these guidelines will reduce your risk of collision or fines, and help to show that bikes have a positive presence on Austin’s streets.
Always ride with traffic, never against it.
Obey traffic signs and signals, and observe others’ right-of-way.
Don’t pass other vehicles within the same lane.
Stay visible, predictable and assertive.
Control speed on Austin’s trails, and give 3 feet when passing.
The City of Austin 3-1-1 system may be used to report parking in a travel lane or bicycle lane. The 3-1-1 system is generally best used for persistent and ongoing problems that require a more in-depth review and response. For a more immediate response for enforcement, citizens may call 3-1-1 and request ‘Police, Non-Emergency’ to report a vehicle blocking a travel lane/bicycle lane. Please note that for any citations to be issued, parking must be prohibited with posted signs; if signs are not present, report the issue to 3-1-1 so the Transportation Department can determine if additional signs should be placed. There are some older bicycle facilities in Austin where parking is still allowed in bicycle lanes where placing new signs will not be immediately feasible. Generally all new bicycle facilities have parking restricted.