BICYCLISTS MUST KNOW AND OBEY THE LAW TO AVOID BEING BLAMED FOR CAUSING AN ACCIDENT

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Bicycle lawsBoth drivers and bicyclist have a responsibility use the roadways in a responsible and safe manner according to the laws. A bicycle rider is required to exercise ordinary care at all times to avoid collisions with vehicles. Furthermore, California Vehicle Code Section (“CVC”) 21200 gives bicyclists the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers. For example, a bicyclist is required to give the same turn signals required of automobile drivers.

Failure to follow the law and safety standards could seriously limit an injured bicyclist’s ability to recover in a lawsuit for damages.

Before you hit the road, it is important to know the law.

KNOW WHERE TO RIDE – RULES OF THE ROAD

  • Bicyclists can ride wherever they want as long as they’re traveling at the speed of traffic.
  • If the bicyclist is traveling slower than the speed of traffic, they can still position themselves wherever in the lane is necessary for safety. People who ride bikes must ride as close to the right side of the road as safely practicable except under the following conditions: when passing, preparing for a left turn, avoiding hazards, if the lane is too narrow to share, or if approaching a place where a right turn is authorized. CVC 21202
  • Bike Lanes – On a roadway with a bike lane, bicyclists traveling slower than traffic must use the bike lane except when making a left turn, passing, avoiding hazardous conditions, or approaching a place where a right turn is authorized. CV 21208
  • Direction of travel: Bicyclists must travel on the right side of the roadway in the direction of traffic, except when passing, making a legal left turn, riding on a one-way street, riding on a road that is too narrow, or when the right side of the road is closed due to road construction. CVC 21650
  • Motorized bicycles: Motorized bicycles may not be used on trails, bike paths or lanes unless allowed by local authorities. CVC 21207.5
  • Sidewalks: Individual cities and counties control whether bicyclists may ride on sidewalks. CVC 21206
  • Bicycles (including motorized bicycles) may not be ridden on freeways and expressways where doing so is prohibited by the California Department of Transportation and local authorities. CVC 21960
  • Toll bridges: Bicyclists may not cross a toll bridge unless permitted to do so by the California Department of Transportation. CVC 23330

Bicycle lanes: On a roadway with a bike lane, bicyclists traveling slower than traffic must use the bike lane except when making a left turn, passing, avoiding hazardous conditions, or approaching a place where a right turn is authorized. CVC 21208

Direction of travel: Bicyclists must travel on the right side of the roadway in the direction of traffic, except when passing, making a legal left turn, riding on a one-way street, riding on a road that is too narrow, or when the right side of the road is closed due to road construction. CVC 21650

Motorized bicycles: Motorized bicycles may not be used on trails, bike paths or lanes unless allowed by local authorities. CVC 21207.5

Bike path obstruction: No one may stop on or park a bicycle on a bicycle path. CVC 21211

Sidewalks: Individual cities and counties control whether bicyclists may ride on sidewalks. CVC 21206

Freeways: Bicycles (including motorized bicycles) may not be ridden on freeways and expressways where doing so is prohibited by the California Department of Transportation and local authorities. CVC 21960

Toll bridges: Bicyclists may not cross a toll bridge unless permitted to do so by the California Department of Transportation. CVC 23330

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