Local & State Regulations - Bikes & Pedestrians

North Carolina General Statute 20-171.9.  Requirements for helmet and restraining seat use. 

With regard to any bicycle used on a public roadway, public bicycle path, or other public right-of-way: 

(a)        It shall be unlawful for any parent or legal guardian of a person below the age of 16 to knowingly permit that person to operate or be a passenger on a bicycle unless at all times when the person is so engaged he or she wears a protective bicycle helmet of good fit fastened securely upon the head with the straps of the helmet. 

(b)        It shall be unlawful for any parent or legal guardian of a person below the age of 16 to knowingly permit that person to be a passenger on a bicycle unless all of the following conditions are met: 

(1)        The person is able to maintain an erect, seated position on the bicycle. 

(2)        Except as provided in subdivision (3) of this subsection, the person is properly seated alone on a saddle seat (as on a tandem bicycle). 

(3)        With respect to any person who weighs less than 40 pounds, or is less than 40 inches in height, the person can be and is properly seated in and adequately secured to a restraining seat. 

(c)        No negligence or liability shall be assessed on or imputed to any party on account of a violation of subsection (a) or (b) of this section. 

(d)       Violation of this section shall be an infraction. Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, any parent or guardian found responsible for violation of this section may be ordered to pay a civil fine of up to ten dollars ($10.00), inclusive of all penalty assessments and court costs. 

(e)        In the case of a first conviction of this section, the court may waive the fine upon receipt of satisfactory proof that the person responsible for the infraction has purchased or otherwise obtained, as appropriate, a protective bicycle helmet or a restraining seat, and uses and intends to use it whenever required under this section. (2001-268, s. 1.)

Kill Devil Hills Town Code Chapter 73.  Motor Vehicles and Traffic. 


The operator of a motorcycle, moped or bicycle, when upon a street, shall not carry any person upon the handlebars, frame or tank of any such vehicle, nor shall any person so ride upon any such vehicle.
(`88 Code, § 11-83) (Am. Ord. 14-02, passed 2-19-14)
Statutory reference:

Operation of motorcycles, see G.S. §§ 20-140.4 and 20-146.1


No person shall ride a bicycle, moped or motorcycle on any street without having his hands upon the handlebars.
(`88 Code, § 11-84) (Am. Ord. 14-02, passed 2-19-14)


No person shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk, multi-purpose recreational trail, or walkway within the town without due caution and circumspection or in a manner likely to endanger others. All bicyclists shall yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians using said sidewalks, multi-purpose recreational trails, or walkways. Each person riding/operating a bicycle on a sidewalk, multi-purpose recreational trail or walkway shall obey all state statutes that apply to bicycles on public sidewalks, multi-purpose recreational trails or walkways.

(`88 Code, § 11-85)  (Am. Ord. 14-02, passed 2-19-14)