Virginia Laws
Motorists, Bicycles, and Pedestrian Codes

Title 46.2 Chapter 8 of the Code of Virginia contains laws covering
motorists, bicycles, and pedestrians in Virginia. All road users should
read the Virginia Driver’s Manual (

Rights and Duties


§46.2-800, 904, 924





Traffic Controls


§46.2-830, 833, 882

Where to Walk


§46.2-923. 924, 928


Where to Ride


§46.2-802, 808, 826, 903, 904, 905, 907




§46.2-830, 833

Turning and Changing Directions


§46.2-846, 847, 848, 849

Passing a bicyclist and passing on a bicycle


§46.2-839, 907

Shared Use Paths


§46.2-800, 904, 924

Bicycle Safety and Helmets


§46.2-906, 906.1, 932, 1078

Bicycle Lights and Equipment


§46.2-1015, 1066

Bicycle Registration


§46.2-908, 15.2-1720



§46.2-894, 816, 895, 896

Mopeds, Electric bicycles


§46.2-100, 903, 908.1, 914, 915.2, 1051


“Every person riding a bicycle on a highway shall be subject to the provisions of the Code of Virginia section on motor vehicles and shall have the rights and duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle unless a provision clearly indicates otherwise.”

Code of Virginia §46.2-800


“The drivers of vehicles entering, crossing, or turning at intersections shall change their course, slow down, or stop if necessary to permit pedestrians to cross such intersections safely and expeditiously. Pedestrians crossing highways at intersections shall at all times have the right-of-way over vehicles making turns into the highways being crossed by the pedestrians.”

Code of Virginia §46.2-924


“Virginia bans hand held communication devices while driving: it is illegal to hold a handheld personal communications device (e.g., a smart phone) while driving a moving motor vehicle on the highways in Virginia $125 fine for the first offense, $250 fine for subsequent offenses of using a device while driving.”

Code of Virginia §46.2-1078.1
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