Can you ride a bike on the highway?

I recently started biking to work. It’s been great so far, but I realized I could cut about 10 minutes off my trip if I take the highway. Is this allowed?

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Alison Daurio · Answered on Sep 28, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
In most cases, the answer is no—you can’t ride a bike on the highway. There are exceptions, of course, but the vast majority of US states prohibit cyclists from using interstates and freeways. To check whether or not you can take your bike on a specific highway, consult your state’s laws and local ordinances.
Cycling to work is a great way to help the environment (and cut down on fuel costs), but if you’re going to ride your bike on busy roads, you should follow these important safety tips:
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Wear bright, visible clothing
  • Ride with the flow of traffic
  • Be mindful of blindspots—especially on larger vehicles
  • Use hand gestures to alert drivers of your intentions
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