Welcome to our FAQs page where you’ll find answers to the most commonly asked questions.
State law does not outlaw riding on the sidewalk, although some municipalities have passed ordinances that prohibit doing so. But bicycles are vehicles and belong in the street, with a notable exception made for small children.
Yes. Bicyclists must adhere to the same rules of the road that drivers do, including using turn signals, riding only on the right side of the road, and obeying traffic signals and signs.
Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front and one on the rear. Sirens or whistles cannot be used on bicycles—bells are the only acceptable audible signals a bicycle can have.
Bicyclists 17 years of age or younger must use helmet when riding a bicycle. Violators of the helmet law will receive warnings for their first offense. Parents or legal guardians may be fined a maximum of $25 for the 1st offense (after a warning has been issued) and a maximum of $100 for subsequent offense(s).
NJ Transit allows collapsible bicycles on all of its trains at any time. However, standard bicycles and Segways are prohibited during certain times and on certain trains. All bicycles as well as Segway vehicles are permitted on the Atlantic City Rail Line at all times.
Children under the age of 17 are required by state law to wear a helmet. While adults are generally discouraged (and in some municipalities, banned) from riding on the sidewalk, young children learning how to ride a bike are allowed on the sidewalk. Parents may be held responsible for their child if s/he does not obey bicycle laws.
Drivers must STOP if a pedestrian is walking within a marked crosswalk. Failure by a motorist to stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian who is within a crosswalk may be subject to one or more of the following penalties: 2 points applied to your NJ Drivers’ license; $200 fine (plus court fees); and 15 days community service.
Motorists must remain vigilant and aware of pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists at all times.
They must obey all traffic laws and be particularly aware of pedestrians while making turns or at signalized intersections.
They should keep their windshields clear in order to increase visibility as much as possible and keep in mind pedestrians will be especially difficult to spot at night or in adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow, or ice.
It is Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.).