Bicycles in Nevada
The bicycle is often thought of as one of the purest forms of transportation. We owe much of our modern transportation environment, including our roadways, to the early development and use of the bicycle. In modern times the bicycle offers people of all ages and abilities an efficient form of transportation, a way to school, work, or errands, and provides a viable alternative to the use of the motor vehicle.
Did You Know...
Each month NDOT will provide a question and answer about bicycle safety.
Question: Can a motor vehicle operate in a bicycle lane?
Answer: No. Motor vehicles may not operate within a bicycle lanes except in special circumstances.
The driver of a motor vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any person riding a bicycle or an electric bicycle or a pedestrian on a pathway or lane. The driver of a motor vehicle shall not enter, stop, stand, park or drive within a pathway or lane provided for bicycles or electric bicycles except:
(a) When entering or exiting an alley or driveway;
(b) When operating or parking a disabled vehicle;
(c) To avoid conflict with other traffic;
(d) In the performance of official duties;
(e) In compliance with the directions of a police officer; or
(f) In an emergency.
Except as otherwise provided (above), the driver of a motor vehicle shall not enter or proceed through an intersection while driving within a pathway or lane provided for bicycles or electric bicycles.
For more information, click the link to access the FAQ book
For a list of bicycle Restricted Areas click here
Planning and Infrastructure
NDOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning group coordinates the planning and development of bicycle facilities, as well as establishment of routes, throughout the state. This also includes the development of the Statewide Bicycle Plan and Statewide Bicycle Touring Map. In close work with local planning partners, specific needs are recognized, plans developed and infrastructure development pursued, which provides for a diverse bicycling environment suitable to differing bicycling skill levels.
Education and Safety
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Program provides a framework by which local communities can establish safety education programs. The use of community outreach, hands-on training, safety curriculum development and diverse funding programs, serve to enhance the educational environment for both bicyclists, as well as drivers of vehicles. Also available is the "Guide to Frequently Asked Questions" that answers the most commonly asked questions about cycling.
Safe Routes to School
The Nevada Safe Routes to School Program provides resources and expertise in providing an appealing, safe environment to enable school age children, grades K-8, to walk or bicycle to school. Children getting to school under their own power can lead to less roadway congestion, cleaner air, and enhanced student health, when compared to traveling to school by vehicle. Innovative encouragement techniques, education programs, safety and infrastructure improvements, as well as coordination with local law enforcement and community agencies are all part of the Safe Routes to School Program.
Nevada Bicycles and Pedestrian Board
The Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board was created by the State Legislature to provide State agencies and other public entities input regarding bicycle and pedestrian policies, programs, and facilities.The Board, consisting of 14 pre-defined, gubernatorial appointees, meets every other month.
For information regarding Bicycle or Pedestrian Programs please contact:
Nevada Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager
Nevada Bicycle & Pedestrian Education Coordinator
Nevada Safe Routes to School Coordinator