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Old 11-12-20, 08:34 PM
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Legal Question

Hi,

I am new to the forum and excited to explore. I am hoping someone might be able to answer my question: if a person living in Alabama were to hitch a large two-wheeled wheelbarrow to the back of their bicycle, would they be legally allowed to cycle two lane roads?

Thanks for any insight!
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Old 11-13-20, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by CrassZorro View Post
Hi,

I am new to the forum and excited to explore. I am hoping someone might be able to answer my question: if a person living in Alabama were to hitch a large two-wheeled wheelbarrow to the back of their bicycle, would they be legally allowed to cycle two lane roads?

Thanks for any insight!

Not sure whether that would change anything, but here in AL you would just be asking to get run over, and no charges would ever be filed.

Now, alternatively, if you tie that wheelbarrow to the back of your slow-moving lawn tractor, you would be praised.
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Old 11-13-20, 08:44 AM
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Why would you want to do that?
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Old 11-13-20, 09:53 AM
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CrassZoro asking us for legal advice might not be best. What if someone on here who lives say in Alaska quotes the laws there? If you get pulled over in Alabama will you say you thought what you did was legal because someone posted something online? In Ontario, Canada I'd say no one would care, provided you had two means of attachment and lights/reflectors on the rear but I don't line in Alabama.

Why not call the local Highway Patrol? Usually they have cops who can quote laws directly, no matter how obscure. You haven't broke a law, so it's just a question and if they don't know locally they can probably point you to a contact person or agency that can better help you than us.
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Old 11-13-20, 10:48 AM
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You absolutely can call your nearest State Trooper Barracks and ask the Staff Seargentwho picks up the phone that very question.

FWIW, there are dedicated bike trailers which function darned well. I’ve got a Burley Flatbed which I like using for long camping trips.
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Old 11-13-20, 10:54 AM
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Alabama Cycling Laws ? Bicycle Cove

Check your question against the article in the link. I cannot imagine that it would be legal for car/truck to do so.... Also, you must be able to control the bicycle in a safe manner as it is meant to be operated.

"No" is your best choice.
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Old 11-13-20, 11:14 AM
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I think you would need a commercial license for that.
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Old 11-23-20, 09:33 AM
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Better Yet : Go to the Barracks and ask the Sergeant personally..........they'll put your name on the bulletin board in the locker room for possible "special attention".
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Old 11-23-20, 09:38 AM
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Ask some "Amish men" ...........you'll need a "Slow Moving Vehicle" Symbol and a good "traffic" attorney when you get served with a "Notice of Claim" Lawsuit for the accidents you'll probably cause.
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Old 11-23-20, 03:56 PM
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Bicycles are allowed to pull trailers. If it functions as a trailer, then you can use it as a trailer. Of course you should have required safety equipment (lights and/or reflectors).

If the whole contraption causes traffic delays, you're likely to encounter issues. It doesn't really matter what the letter of the law is in that case, if a cop thinks you're obstructing traffic then you have a problem. So don't get in anyone's way and you should be fine.
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Old 12-08-20, 06:41 PM
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Slap a "Roll Tide" sticker on that wheelbarrow and you're good.
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