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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bicycles are not vehicles in Michigan [m-bike]


The city of Ann Arbor web site says, “Ann Arbor and Michigan laws classify bicycles as vehicles and requires them to follow the rules of the road.”
That’s not correct.
Despite what you may read or hear, under state law bicycles are not vehicles in Michigan. Yes, this differs from some other states, but that is what Michigan law says.
And cities such as Ann Arbor adopt the state law definitions for vehicles and bicycles.
Not convinced? Here’s the state law:
“Vehicle” means every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices exclusively moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks and except, only for the purpose of titling and registration under this act, a mobile home as defined in section 2 of the mobile home commission act, Act No. 96 of the Public Acts of 1987, being section 125.2302 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.
We’ve highlighted the key point. If you’re human powered, you’re not a vehicle in Michigan.

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