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Colorado Helmet Law: If you are under the age of 18, riding on or operating a Colorado motorcycle, you are required by Colorado law to wear a protective helmet.

C.R.S. § 42-4-1502. Riding on motorcycles—protective helmet

(1) A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent seat if designed for two persons or upon another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the operator.

(4.5)(a) A person under eighteen years of age may not operate or carry a passenger who is under eighteen years of age on a motorcycle on a highway in this state unless:

(I) The person and the passenger are wearing protective helmets of a type and design manufactured for use by operators of motorcycles;

(II) The protective helmet conforms to the design and specifications set forth in paragraph (b) of this subsection (4.5); and

(III) The protective helmet is secured properly on the person’s head with a chin strap while the motorcycle is in motion.

(b) A protective helmet required to be worn by this subsection (4.5) shall:

(I) Be designed to reduce injuries to the user resulting from head impacts and to protect the user by remaining on the user’s head, deflecting blows, resisting penetration, and spreading the force of impact;

(II) Consist of lining, padding, and chin strap; and

(III) Meet or exceed the standards established in the United States department of transportation federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 218, 49 CFR 571.218, for motorcycle helmets.


Colorado Eye Protection Law: If you are riding on or operating a Colorado motorcycle, you are required by law to wear eye protection.

C.R.S.A. § 42-4-232. Minimum safety standards for motorcycles and motor-driven cycles

(1) No person shall operate any motorcycle or motor-driven cycle on any public highway in this state unless such person and any passenger thereon is wearing goggles or eyeglasses with lenses made of safety glass or plastic.

(2) The department shall adopt standards and specifications for the design of goggles and eyeglasses.

Driving Between Lanes of Traffic: If you are riding on Colorado roads or operating a motorcycle in Colorado, you must abide by the typical lane traffic laws unless operating motorcycles side-by-side

§ 42-4-1503. Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic

(1) All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a traffic lane, and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a traffic lane. This subsection (1) shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.

(2) The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake or pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.

(3) No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.

(4) Motorcycles shall not be operated more than two abreast in a single lane.

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