BICYCLES

Where Can I Ride?

  • Cyclists are required to ride as far to the right of the roadway as is practicable.

  • Cyclists may but are not required to ride on the shoulder of the roadway.

  • Cyclists are required to use bike lanes when present.

  • Cyclists may ride on the roadway when there is only an adjacent recreational bicycle path available instead of a bike lane.

  • Sidewalk riding is permitted except where prohibited by local ordinance, In Pendleton there are no explicit regulations on sidewalk riding .

  • When on sidewalks, bicyclists must yield the right of way to pedestrians. 

Riding Rules & Regulations

  • Bicyclists may not ride more than two abreast, except on bike paths or parts of roadway set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

  • Bicyclists must come to a complete stop at all stop signs and traffic lights displaying a red signal.

  • Bicyclists must signal when turning or coming to a stop.

Cars & Bicycles

  • Bicycles Overtaking Cars: Bicyclists must exercise due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

  • Cars Overtaking Bicycles: Motor vehicle drivers must pass bicyclists at safe operating distance.

Proper Riding Equipment

  • At night, bicycles must be equipped with a front white light visible from 500 feet away and a red rear reflector or red light visible from 300 feet away.

  •  Every bicycle must be equipped with a brake that will make braked wheels skid on dry, level pavement.   

Restrictions

  • A bicycle may not carry more than the number of persons for which it is designed.

  • Clinging to motor vehicles while bicycling is not permitted.

  • Bicycles must be operated with at least one hand on the handlebars.

PEDESTRIANS

Driver Responsibility

  • Drivers of vehicles are expected to drive at safe speeds for conditions such as adverse weather, lightning, and traffic conditions. Posted speed limits must always be obeyed.

  • Under South Carolina Law, drivers must exercise every caution to avoid colliding with pedestrians.

  • Drivers should be especially careful at crosswalks, intersections, stoplights, and during peak class hours when these areas may become congested with foot traffic. Reduced speed is appropriate at these times.

  • Turn signals must be activated at least 100 feet before turning. This prevents pedestrians from crossing the street when it may not be safe.

  • Be on the lookout for pedestrians traveling with a guide dog, stroller, by wheelchair, or pedestrians raising a white cane or white cane tipped with red (these canes are owned by walkers who are completely or partially blind).

  • Walkways, sidewalks and between the gates of Greene St. are pedestrian only areas. Driving mopeds or scooters on these areas is prohibited and violators may be ticketed and fined.
     

Pedestrian Responsibility

  • Under South Carolina law, pedestrians (including people pushing strollers, traveling on rollerblades and skateboards, and those in wheelchairs or travelling with other assistive devices) must walk on sidewalks whenever they are present.

  • Pedestrians have complete right-of-way on the sidewalk.

  • If there are no sidewalks, pedestrians should travel on the shoulder of the road.

  • If there is no shoulder or sidewalk, pedestrians must then walk on the far left side of the road.

  • When a crosswalk is present, this is the safest place to cross a street or intersection. Push the button, and wait for the crossing signal indicating that it’s safe. Look both ways before crossing the intersection.

  • If crossing somewhere other than a crosswalk, pedestrians must always yield to oncoming vehicles.