Are there rules that motorists are required to abide by that they should be aware of?

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Yes! The Uniform Traffic Code (UTC) is maintained by the Michigan State Police. It fills in the gaps for items not covered under state law. The bicycling-related rules include:

  • Motorists cannot drive or park on bike paths
  • Motorists cannot drive or park in a bike lane
  • Motorists cannot block crosswalks
  • Motorists cannot open doors and block traffic
  • Drinking alcohol is not allowed on public roads (though DUI/DWI laws only apply to motorists) 
  • Littering is not allowed on roads
  • When bicyclists dismount, they are considered pedestrians
  • Motorists “shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian on any roadway, shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary, and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any confused or incapacitated person on a roadway.”