The Traffic Stop

By MPD Officer Marla "Mo" Hawkinson
June 03, 2015

Operation of Bicycles (

Effect of Regulations — STO #127 & KSA 8-1586

Traffic Laws Apply to Persons Riding Bicycles — STO #128 & KSA 8-1587

Seats & Riders Limited— STO #129 & KSA 8-1588

Clinging to Vehicles — STO #130 & KSA 8-1589 

Riding on Roadways & Paths — STO #108 & KSA 8-1590

Carrying Articles — STO #132 & KSA 8-1591

Lamps & Other Equipment — STO #133 & KSA 8-1592

Loose meaning: Everyone riding a bicycle on a roadway in McPherson has all the same rights and responsibilities as any driver in a vehicle. Cyclists must obey all traffic signs and signals. Those who are not responsible may be issued a traffic ticket for a traffic violation just like any driver. A parent may be held accountable for a juvenile cyclist’s irresponsible actions. The number of riders on a bicycle is limited to the number of seats available —riding pegs are not seats. Cyclists (or anyone riding on a coaster, skates, sled, or toy) may not cling to another vehicle. Cyclists must ride as close to the right side of the roadway as possible and must ride single file except on paths set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Riders may not carry anything which prevents keeping at least one hand on the handlebars. A front lamp visible at 500 feet and a red rear reflector are required on all bikes after sunset. All bikes are required to have functional brakes. These are all non- moving violations with a fine of $30 and court costs of $55.

MPD reminds riders also that, in McPherson, bicycles are NOT prohibited from riding on sidewalks —except in the Business District, and encourages everyone to wear a helmet every ride. MPD reminds drivers of other vehicles that while cyclists are considered vehicles, they are slow-moving, unwieldy, and highly vulnerable. Give cyclists no less than three feet while passing and do so with maximum caution.

The “Traffic Stop” appears on Tuesdays to address topics of traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes the “Traffic Stop” and welcomes suggestions on topics to address! Please PRIVATE MESSAGE MPD your traffic enforcement questions unrelated to the current topic. Call us if ANY question requires an immediate answer on our non-emergency line: (620)245-1200.