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Just wondering how many here can ride on the public roads legally? In our area we can ride on the streets if we have a drivers license and the bike is insured. You can't ride in the downtown core or on a major highway. Once in a while I'll ride my bike into work. Seems strange running pass cop cars and not being stopped (it's a new law).
 

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wish it was like that here. were do you live?
 

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I'm not entirely certain, but in WV where we own land I think you can ride on any unmarked secondary road, as long as you carry ID and wear a helmet.
 

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It's not legal to ride on the road where I live, but a lot of people do anyway. Most of the time, the police won't stop you if they see you, but a couple times a year, they will set up road checks just for the purpose of writing tickets for ATVs.
 

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I ride on county roads all the time. I will sometimes ride on the Farm to Market roads here as well. I see other riding ATV's around here as well. I don't know what the legalities are. I have ridden the county roads out here for 30 years. We rarely see the sheriffs even patrol out here. I dont think they are going to take the time to hassle someone on an ATV unless you give them a reason.
 

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I think you can ride on gravel roads in Missouri, I cant quote book and verse on it though.

In Arkansas, you are allowed to ride on roads if only going from trailhead to trailhead. But, I doubt many deputys know that.

Trouble is, the kids get out there and rut the roads up, and generally wreak havoc and give us all a bad reputation. A few years ago, I was riding on the gravel with my daughter on the back, just putting in 2nd or 3rd, barely off idle, and a sheriff deputy stopped me and said to get it off the road. Hell, I ride faster in my yard than I do on the gravel, at least I can get traction in the grass!
 

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Not allowed in Alberta and if not allowed here I am pretty sure no where in Canada.
Want to bet! Kenora, Ontario Canada. Legal to ride on the street but you have to stay out of the downtown core. If I want to I can ride though the drive through of McD. I've take the bike to work (downtown) a few times this spring. Once in a while you see the police riding through town (they can ride in the downtown core) on their ATV's. Strange to see a rider with a side arm.

I know that some of the surrounding towns are considering passing similar laws if they haven't already.
 

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Most side and county roads are open. It all depends on the township.
 

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Here are the rules for my province when it comes to riding on the road:
Provincial regulations apply to provincial highways only
Prohibited from 400 series highways, Trans-Canada Highway, Queen Elizabeth Way
Generally, vehicles will be allowed access to highways 500 to 899, 7000 series highways and highways with low traffic volumes.
Provincial highways with a Summer Average Daily Traffic (SADT) level less than 5,000. Specific provincial highways where ORVs can/cannot travel are defined in the regulation schedules.
Provisions allowing ORVs on roads in far Northern Ontario also apply.
ORVs can operate on shoulder; move to travelled portion of highway if shoulder is impassable/unsafe
Speed limit lower than posted limits:
20 km/h - highways where speed limit is 50 km/h or less;
50 km/h - highways where speed limit is over 50 km/h.
Not allowed on rights-of-way (e.g., medians) between opposing lanes of traffic.
Cannot operate in a construction zone, on a closed highway, or within a provincial park unless allowed by the park.
Municipalities may pass by-laws to decide if, where and when off-road vehicles can be used on local roads.
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How do you know all this? Cop? Our local bylaws allow for the use of ATV's on our roads in the area. We are not allowed on major hihgways but we can crosss them. If we are not flowing with the traffic we must move to the shoulder of the road to allow traffic to pass. We also have to use hand signals to indicate our intentions. The town passes the law to promote tourism.

Here are the rules for my province when it comes to riding on the road:
Provincial regulations apply to provincial highways only
Prohibited from 400 series highways, Trans-Canada Highway, Queen Elizabeth Way
Generally, vehicles will be allowed access to highways 500 to 899, 7000 series highways and highways with low traffic volumes.
Provincial highways with a Summer Average Daily Traffic (SADT) level less than 5,000. Specific provincial highways where ORVs can/cannot travel are defined in the regulation schedules.
Provisions allowing ORVs on roads in far Northern Ontario also apply.
ORVs can operate on shoulder; move to travelled portion of highway if shoulder is impassable/unsafe
Speed limit lower than posted limits:
20 km/h - highways where speed limit is 50 km/h or less;
50 km/h - highways where speed limit is over 50 km/h.
Not allowed on rights-of-way (e.g., medians) between opposing lanes of traffic.
Cannot operate in a construction zone, on a closed highway, or within a provincial park unless allowed by the park.
Municipalities may pass by-laws to decide if, where and when off-road vehicles can be used on local roads.
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How do you know all this? Cop? Our local bylaws allow for the use of ATV's on our roads in the area. We are not allowed on major hihgways but we can crosss them. If we are not flowing with the traffic we must move to the shoulder of the road to allow traffic to pass. We also have to use hand signals to indicate our intentions. The town passes the law to promote tourism.
Its posted on the Government of Ontario MT (Ministry of Transportation) website.
 

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sounds like its a local thing for ruggybuggy. in my county its illegal but the deputies here dont worry about petty stuff, not many deputies and the biggest county in the state, they have real law breakers to deal with, besides, they probably all have quads and bikes too.
 

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I live on a dirt road that is considered a private road here in Northeast Florida. Its really not a private road but the county does not maintain it so it has a designation of a private road. Last year when we first brought our Ranchers, we rode them up and down the roads a little. We had the cops out here twice saying we were not allowed to ride them on the road. I was once even riding slowly on the grass on the edge of my property and was threatened with a ticket. There are some kids farther down the road that have been riding theirs lately and every time one goes by it is a matter of time before a cop comes down the road.

I did see 2 people last weekend pull of to a convenience store about a mile or so up the road on their Suzuki King Quad and they would have sure gotten a ticket and probably had it impounded if a cop had seen them. The funny thing is that the area I live is away from the city and it is considered a rural area. There is maybe 7500-10000 people in the area and the down is very spread out. In fact many people around here have cows, horses, goats and sheep and one guy even has llamas, so it is definitely not in a highly populated area. I live about a half of mile from the edge of a 26000 square mile dense forest and there is no legal area in that forest to ride an ATV and there are stiff fines including jail for doing so.

Too many people kept getting killed on their 4 wheelers including one of my cousins who had hers flip over on top of her when her brakes locked up.:icon_ cry:

So now they are very strict on people riding them, even if they are are not being destructive or anything.
 

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here u can be on a secondary road if u are traveling less than 100 yrs to get to another off road area if its used for your farming purposes . going to evarts ky on the 29th of this month and its legal to ride on roads there as long as you obey all laws & wear your helmets . its their big money maker for the town . kinda neat getting on youtube and watching some of the videos on the street , seeing flashing fourwheeler crossing signs or about 15 quads pulled right up to the gas pumps and have cars waiting on them to move for their turn and its all legal .
 

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yes thats rite ruggy buggy, in ontario they have passed a law where atvs are road legal and even aloud on the non busy highways pretty much all highways sept the 400 series
 
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