Missouri Moped Laws (Detailed)
Jun 16, 2001 00:21 PDT
These are the laws dealing with mopeds in Missouri:
"I gathered this information directly from the 2001 Missouri Driver
Guide. You can access this information directly from the Missouri DOR
Motor Vehicle & Driver Licensing site at:
http://www.dor.state.mo.us/mvdl/drivers/dlguide/ and by clicking on
Chapter 7, Sharing the Road. The first part is for people driving cars
but read on, the rest is for people driving mopeds."
Hope this helps,
SHARING WITH MOTORCYCLES, MOPEDS AND BICYCLES
Some things you should know when driving near motorcycles or bicycles:
Accidents with wrong-way bicyclists frequently occur when a motorist
wants to turn right onto a main road and is only looking left for
approaching traffic. Be sure to look right and check for wrong-way
bicyclists on the road or sidewalk before proceeding.
On residential streets, especially those with parked cars, travel at or
below the speed limit, depending on sight distance.
If you are following a bicyclist and need to make a right turn, you must
yield to the cyclist. It is often safer to slow down and remain behind
the cyclist until you are able to turn.
If you need to make a left turn, yield to oncoming bicyclists unless you
are absolutely sure you can make the turn before the cyclist reaches the
Motorcyclists and bicyclists change speed and lane position when
encountering bad road conditions, such as manhole covers, diagonal
railroad tracks, road debris or in strong winds. Be ready to react.
When you are passing, give motorcycles a full lane width. If possible,
give a full lane to bicycles and mopeds, too. Do not squeeze past these
road users. The bicycle is generally a slower moving vehicle and this
may require you to slow down. Wait for a clear stretch of road before
passing a cyclist in a lane too narrow to share.
Check for passing bicyclists before opening your car door into a traffic
lane or bicycle lane.
A bicycle lane is a portion of a roadway designated by striping for use
by bicycles. You may cross a bicycle lane when turning or when entering
or leaving the roadway. You must yield to bicyclists in a bicycle lane.
WHERE TO RIDE MOPEDS AND BICYCLES
On public streets and highways, you have the same rights and
responsibilities as a motor vehicle operator. Always ride with traffic,
never against it or on the sidewalk. When operating at less than the
posted speed or traffic flow, you must ride as near to the right side of
the roadway as safe, except when making a left turn, avoiding hazards,
the lane is too narrow to share with another vehicle, on a one-way
street or going straight and adjacent to a right-turn-only lane. On a
one-way street, bicyclists may also choose to ride as far left as is
safe. Bicyclists may ride abreast when not impeding traffic. The law
does not allow you to ride a moped on any part of the federal interstate
SAFETY TIPS FOR MOPED AND BICYCLE RIDERS
1. The law does not require you to wear a helmet. However, wearing a
safety-certified helmet can prevent serious head injuries or death.
2. Be sure your bike is in safe condition and has all the equipment
required by law.
3. Make sure the other motorists see you. Wear bright colored clothes
and stay out of a vehicle's blind spots.
4. Make sure you signal before you slow down, change lanes or turn.
Before merging, changing lanes or turning, scan behind and in front to
ensure that it is safe to make this maneuver. Do so in plenty of time
and in cooperation with other drivers who will be affected by your move.
If it is not safe, continue on a straight course and scan repeatedly and
only move once it is safe. In conditions of heavy traffic, less
proficient bicyclist may find it easier to wait near the curb for a safe
gap to appear.
5. Be careful when passing to the left of a parked or moving vehicle.
You should leave 3 to 4 feet of clearance to avoid suddenly opened car
doors or allow for a vehicle to swerve.
6. Be extra careful at intersections. Do not assume your right-of-way
when there is a vehicle approaching.
7. Keep a steady line and be predictable as a courtesy to other traffic
and to increase your personal safety.
MOPED DRIVERS NEED A DRIVER LICENSE
To drive any motorized bicycle on the public streets, you must have a
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED ON MOPEDS AND BICYCLES
You do not have to register your moped or bicycle and it does not have
to be inspected. However, Missouri law requires certain equipment on
mopeds and bicycles.
BRAKES - Your brakes must be able to stop you within 25 feet when
traveling 10 mph.
LIGHTS AND REFLECTORS - You must have the following lights and
reflectors when riding your bicycle from ˝ hour after sunset until ˝
hour before sunrise:
1. A WHITE LIGHT on the front of your bicycle or carried by you that
other drivers can see from 500 feet.
2. A REAR RED REFLECTOR, two inches square, or a REAR RED LIGHT that
drivers can see when reflected by their vehicles' low beam headlights at
3. REFLECTIVE MATERIAL OR LIGHTS on the pedals, crank arms, shoes or
lower legs that drivers can see when reflected by their vehicles' low
beam headlights at 200 feet.
4. REFLECTIVE MATERIAL AND/OR LIGHTS ON EACH SIDE OF THE BICYCLE or
bicyclist that drivers can see when reflected by their vehicles' low
beam headlights at 300 feet. This does not apply to mopeds that comply
with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Regulations.
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