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(Source: Nebraska Department of Roads)
The following is a summary of bicycle laws in Nebraska. This is not an inclusive listing of laws for bicyclists. For more details, see Nebraska Revised Statutes §60-611, §60-680, §60-6,177,
§60-6,142-144, and §60-6,314-319. Local authorities may have additional regulations within their jurisdictions.
In Nebraska, bicyclists are required to follow the same rules of the road as motorists. A bicyclist riding on a highway generally has all of the rights of a vehicle and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle (some exceptions do exist).
Parents or guardians are responsible for the actions of children under the age of 16.
Restricted Highways (Interstate & Freeway)
Bicyclists are not allowed to ride on interstate highways or freeways in Nebraska (a freeway is defined as a fully access controlled highway with “no” at-grade crossings).
Mandatory Side Path Law
Nebraska has a mandatory side path law that states that you should not ride your bicycle on the highway if a usable bikepath is adjacent. This does not apply when riding on surface (paved) shoulders.
Equipment on Bicycles
● Have brakes that can stop your bicycle within 25 feet at 10 mph. (based on ideal conditions)
● Have a red reflector on the rear of your bike when riding at night. (City of Lincoln requires a rear red light)
● Have an attached light on the front of your bike for night riding.
● Have side reflectors on your bicycle wheels when riding at night.
● Have reflectors on your pedals (or shoes) when riding at night.
State Patrol Advice
Although Nebraska has laws that require reflectors and a light on bicycles for riding at night, the Nebraska State Patrol does not recommend riding a bicycle on rural state highways at night due to the higher speeds and reduced visibility.
Ride Single File When Riding on the Highway
When on the highway, bicyclists must ride single file. This does not apply when riding on the surfaced shoulder. However, bicyclists must signal their turn if they leave the shoulder to ride on the highway and must yield the right-of-way to all other vehicles.
Ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practical
● Unless you are overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle;
● Unless you are preparing to make a legal left turn;
● Unless your are traveling the same speed of the current traffic;
● Unless your are traveling on a paved shoulder of a highway;
● Unless it is reasonably necessary to avoid unsafe conditions;
● Unless the lane you are in is too narrow for both vehicle and bicycle to travel side by side;
● Unless you are on a multilane one-way, 35 mph or less, you may ride as near to the left side of roadway.