In South Carolina, a bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle. Bicyclists using a public roadway are considered operators of motor vehicles and are responsible for observing traffic laws.
State law also has certain obligations for cyclists to follow. Some of these include:
- A cyclist riding in the roadway shall not ride more than two side by side, other than on designated bike lanes or paths.
- A cyclist shall not carry any object that prevents him from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars.
- A cyclist riding at night must have a light emitting white light visible from a distance of 500 feet on the front and a red reflector visible from 50 to 300 feet at the rear.
- A cyclist may not hold on to a vehicle on the roadway.
- A cyclist MUST STOP at stop signs, except in bicycle designated lanes.
- A cyclist shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable.
- If not in a designated bicycle lane/path, a cyclist must use hand directional signals.