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Old 08-19-02, 03:26 AM   #1
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Is it illegal to give someone a ride?

Hey, quick question. Is it illegal to give someone a ride on your bike, them standing on the back pegs?

Someone I know said that it was, and the fuzz would pull you over.

Do you know? :confused:
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Old 08-19-02, 06:11 AM   #2
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Don't know about elsewhere, but in Uk probably is, as the bike only has one saddle.

I think even doing BMX stunts on a public road could lead to a tug from the "polis"
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Old 08-19-02, 06:58 AM   #3
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no idea about UK... or the rest of Europe for that matter (despite the fact i live in Germany)

in the US, as far as i know there is no federal law, so set by individual state law --- so varies by state -- but most states have laws something like "bike must have a seat for each rider" or something similar often with special specifications of what designates a seat with special attention given to child seats... some states also specifically prohibit more than one rider on a bike designed for 1 person or specifically prohibit riding on handlebars or whatever

that said, i sometimes use my rear-rack and extra long rear-skewer for my trailer as footpegs to transport a passenger... i suppose depending on your interpretation the rear rack COULD be argued to be a "seat"... i've never been stopped by the police. i also see 2 on a bike relatively often in Munich, but that doesn't mean it's legal (wrong-way cycling is also common and illegal)

just guessing, but w/o a seating surface i would be surprized if it's not illegal... now if you built some kind of a rear rack with a pad that works as a seat, maybe it might be legal ? maybe someone here knows the actual law for Scottland.
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Old 08-19-02, 11:49 PM   #4
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It's illegal in Australia to have two people on a bicycle that is built for one. (And in my opinion it's stupid and dangerous too.)
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Old 08-20-02, 12:13 AM   #5
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(And in my opinion it's stupid and dangerous too.)
I see people doing this all the time the only thing I've seen that's worse is when they ride on the front pegs holding on tho the handlebars.
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Old 08-30-02, 03:38 PM   #6
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Around here its illegal to ride your bike unless you are facing forward on the seat and both hands on the grips. Definatly not good to ride 2 people here. They usually dont bother flatlanders though...go figure. It is pretty stupid too...why risk bending something and using all that extra energy to haul some lazy kids ass around?
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Old 10-17-02, 09:58 AM   #7
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true on that, you dont have to haul osme lazy ass kkid around, unless its your gf to the prom, lol, but in texas it is illegal to ride wihtout a helmet, wel lin this side it is, but the cops dont inforce it, it my be illegal, but maybe the po-po dont inforce it, lazy......
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i know in wisconsin it is cuz this summer the fuzz pulled me over and wrote me up a $65 ticket. that is a mistake i will never do again.
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