Bicycling Laws


BikeHouston has excerpts and links to laws regulating the usage of bicycles on roadways. Anyone who uses the roadways, regardless of whether they are operating a bicycle or a motor vehicle, is required by law to know the rules of the road.

State of Texas Bicycle Laws

These laws govern the use of bicycles across the State of Texas.

City of Houston Bicycle Ordinance

In addition to state laws, the City of Houston has additional laws governing the operation of bicycles.

City of Houston Vulnerable Road User Ordinance (Safe Passing)

In May of 2013, the City of Houston passed the Vulnerable User Ordinance, also know as “Safe Passing”. Houston joins 12 other cities in Texas in adopting this law and is the largest city in Texas with a Safe Passing Ordinance.