State of South Carolina
56-5-3410 Applicability of regulations to bicycles.
These regulations applicable to bicycles shall
apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any highway or upon any path set
aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, subject to those exceptions stated
56-5-3420 Rights and duties of bicyclist generally.
Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway
shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties
applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except as to those
provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.
56-5-3430 Riding on roadways and bicycle paths.
Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway
shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising
due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more
than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive
use of bicycles. Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent
to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such a path and shall not use a roadway.
56-5-3440 Number of persons which may be carried on a bicycle.
A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride
other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.
No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number
for which it is designed and equipped.
56-5-3450 Clinging to vehicles prohibited.
No person riding upon any bicycle, coaster,
roller skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach it or them or himself to any
vehicle upon a roadway.
56-5-3460 Carrying articles.
No person operating a bicycle shall carry
any package, bundle or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least
one hand upon the handle bars.
56-5-3470 Lamp and reflectors on bicycle.
Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall
be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit light visible from a
distance of at least five hundred feet to the front and with a red reflector
on the rear which shall be visible from all distances from fifty feet to three
hundred feet to the rear when directly in front of the lawful upper beams
of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from
a distance of five hundred feet to the rear may be used in addition to the
56-5-3480 Bell or like device on a bicycle.
No person shall operate a bicycle unless it
is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible
for a distance of at least one hundred feet, except that a bicycle shall not
be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren or whistle.
56-5-3490 Brake on a bicycle.
Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable
the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
City of Charleston Ordinances
Sec. 19-101 Registration required.
The owner or operator of every bicycle operated
or furnished for operation or use, or which is used by either the owner or
any other person on the streets or public places in the city shall cause such
bicycle to be registered at the police department, giving the make, model,
number and other such description as may be feasible, on a form to be furnished
by the police department, which shall be kept on file.
Sec. 19-102 License tags; issuance; attachment to bicycle.
There shall be issued for each such bicycle
registered, as provided in this division, a paper decal license tag containing
a number and other appropriate identification information. This paper decal
license tag shall be attached to the bicycle for which it was issued.
Sec. 19-105 Term of registration.
Registration, as required in section
19-101, shall be for the usable life of the bicycle in the city so long as
it remains in the same ownership.
Sec. 19-121 Manner of parking.
No person shall park a bicycle upon
a street other than upon the roadway against the curb or upon a sidewalk in
a rack to support the bicycle or against a building or at the curb, in such
manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.
Sec. 19-122 Riding on sidewalks.
No person shall ride a bicycle upon
a sidewalk, unless the sidewalk is designated for bicycle use by proper sign
and markings by the department of traffic and transportation.