Biking Rules & Safety
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In Hawaii bicycles are considered vehicles and subject to the same rules and rights as cars. Generally speaking you’re required to ride to the right of the lane, or within a bike lane. Signal your turns, stop at stop signs and stop lights. Avoid riding on sidewalks in business districts.
This comprehensive list of regulations was taken from the City & County of Honolulu Depatment of Transportation Services (DTS) website. It covers everything from where bikes can ride, to sidewalk laws, helmet usage, and dooring. The more frequently used section links are bold. What you see immediately on the web pages are a summary of the Hawaii Revised Statutes for ease of understanding. For the “full legal text” of the laws as passed by the State Legislature, click the “Link to full legal text” under each section. If there is a disagreement about what the law means, it’s best to use the full legal text.
HRS 291-C referrs to state law in effect statewide. Sections 15- refer to Honolulu’s Revised Ordinances, which apply to Honolulu only; each county may have it’s own ordinances which differ from Honolulu’s.
[Since July 10, 2012 the new Vulnerable Users Law is in effect. This law doubles penalties for motorists who kill or seriously injure vulnerable users (cyclists, pedestrians, police officers, road workers, etc.) acting legally. View the full Vulnerable Users law here.]