biking under the influence

Most of us are aware that driving a vehicle under the influence is illegal. The law is present in one form or another across the United States. But what about riding a bicycle while intoxicated? In California, Vehicle Code 212005.5 states that it is illegal to cycle or bike under the influence. Depending on the […]

It is not uncommon for someone to be stopped by law enforcement for riding their bicycle after drinking alcohol. And many people who are stopped and arrested for are surprised to learn that it is, in fact, illegal to ride a bike while under the influence of alcohol.

Biking Under the Influence

For cases involving cycling under the influence in California, for example, there are special laws that govern bicyclists. The California Vehicle Code created an exception for devices moved exclusively by human power, meaning that a bicycle is not a “vehicle” for purposes of the California DUI laws.