The listed laws are edited for brevity. Please refer to the links to read the statutes in their entirety.

Louisiana Laws (Paraphrased)

  • RS 32:76.1 – A motor vehicle, overtaking a bicycle shall not pass with less than three feet of clearance between the vehicle and cyclist.

  • RS 32:97.1 – The operator of a motor vehicle when overtaking a bicycle shall exercise due care and shall leave a safe distance of no less than three feet between the motor vehicle and the cyclist and shall maintain such clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle. 

  • RS 32:106 – Use signals just as you would in a vehicle.
  • RS 32:124 – Pedestrians (people on foot) have the right of way, this includes when riding on a sidewalk where legal.
  • RS 32:194 – Obey all traffic laws, signs and lights just like you were driving a vehicle.
  • RS 32:197 – Always ride with traffic. Cyclists must ride as near to the right side as of the road as practicable, unless preparing for a left turn, or avoiding a hazard. Cyclists may ride two abreast.
  • RS 32:201 – It shall be unlawful to harass, taunt, or maliciously throw objects at or in the direction of any person riding a bicycle.
  • RS 32:203 – No person shall operate a motor vehicle in a bicycle lane. Exceptions are made for exiting and entering parking spaces and driveways, preparing for right turns and emergency situations.

  • RS 32:329.1 – Cyclists when operating between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a front white light and a rear red light (steady or flashing)

Lafayette Laws (Paraphrased)

  • Sec. 86-73 - Cyclists can operate on sidewalks and have the rights of a pedestrian, cyclists must yield to pedestrians and also give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian. A person shall not ride a cycle on sidewalk where such use of cycles is prohibited by official traffic-control devices.
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