New Mexico Statutes Concerning Bicycles
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Chapter 66 Motor Vehicles
66-1-1. Short title
Articles 1 through 8 of Chapter 66 NMSA 1978 [except 66-7-102.1 NMSA 1978] may be cited as the
"Motor Vehicle Code".
History: 1953 Comp., § 64-1-1, enacted by Laws 1978, ch. 35, § 1.
As defined in the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Code: [66-1-1 NMSA 1978]
N. "roadway" means that portion
of a street or highway improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive
of the berm or shoulder and in the event a highway includes two or more separate roadways,
the term "roadway" refers to any such roadway separately but not to all such roadways collectively.
History: 1978 Comp., § 66-1-4.15, enacted by Laws 1990, ch. 120, § 16; 2001, ch. 127,
Chapter 66, Article 3, Part 8 Bicycles
66-3-701. Bicycles; effect of regulations.
A. It is a misdemeanor for any person to do any act forbidden, or fail to perform any act required
by Sections 66-3-701 through 66-3-707 NMSA 1978.
B. The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or permit any such
child or ward to violate any of the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Code.
C. 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 herein.
History: 1953 Comp., § 64-3-701, enacted by Laws 1978, ch. 35, § 100.
66-3-702. Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles.
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, except as to the special regulations within
Sections 66-3-701 through 66-3-707 NMSA 1978.
History: 1953 Comp., § 64-3-702, enacted by Laws 1978, ch. 35, § 101.
66-3-703. Riding on bicycles.
A. A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular
seat attached thereto.
B. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is
designed and equipped.
History: 1953 Comp., § 64-3-703, enacted by Laws 1978, ch. 35, § 102
66-3-704. Clinging to vehicles.
No person riding upon any bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the
same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
History: 1941 Comp., § 68-2443, enacted by Laws 1953, ch. 139, § 96; 1953 Comp., §
64-19-4; recompiled as 1953 Comp., § 64-3-704, by Laws 1978, ch. 35, § 103.
66-3-705. Riding on roadways and bicycle paths.
A. 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.
B. 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.
C. Notwithstanding any provision of this section, no bicycle shall be operated on any roadway
in a manner that would create a public safety hazard.
History: 1953 Comp., § 64-3-705, enacted by Laws 1978, ch. 35, § 104; 1997, ch. 47,
66-3-706. Carrying articles.
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the driver
from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebar.
History: 1953 Comp., § 64-3-706, enacted by Laws 1978, ch. 35, § 105.
66-3-707. Lamps and other equipment on bicycles.
A. Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall
emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front and with a red reflector
on the rear of a type approved by the division which shall be visible from all distances from fifty feet to three
hundred feet to the rear when directly in front of 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 red
B. 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.
C. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the brake
wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
History: 1953 Comp., § 64-3-707, enacted by Laws 1978, ch. 35, § 106.