Cycling Under the Influence (CUI)

Cycling under the influence (CUI) is a serious problem that threatens not only fellow motorists, but the cyclist as well. The inebriated cyclist is responsible for their own sobriety and the following two-wheeled tests should be performed before heading off on the bike after a late night bender:

  • Can you strap on your helmet? (Are you even wearing your helmet? Maybe that should be an indicator.)
  • Placing both feet on the pedals, can you maintain your balance for more than a few seconds?
  • Try pedaling for a few feet. Did you fall down/crash?

If you failed any of the above tests, then maybe you should try walking the bike home, or better yet a ride home.

The laws for intoxicated bike riding vary from state to state, but in most states, a bicycle is considerd a vehicle and carries the same rights and responsibilities as any other moving object sharing the roadway. It should be known that arrests as a result of cycling under the influence typically involve heavy fines.


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