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What Laws Specifically Address Bicycles Under the California Vehicle Code?

What Laws Specifically Address Bicycles Under the California Vehicle Code?

Generally, people riding bicycles must follow the same laws in the California Vehicle Code (CVC) as people driving motor vehicles. For example, bicyclists must stop at stop signs and red lights (CVC 21200) and ride in the same direction as traffic (CVC 21650).

Other portions of the CVC specifically apply to bicyclists rather than to drivers. Under CVC 21202, bicyclists generally should ride as close to the right edge of the roadway as practicable if they are moving slower than traffic moving in the same direction. However, this section of the CVC outlines exceptions by which bicyclists can depart from the righthand side of the road, such as when:

• They want to pass another bicyclist who is going slower than them
• They need to make a left-hand turn
• It is reasonably necessary to avoid some condition that makes it unsafe for them to continue riding close to the right side of the roadway

The CVC contains similar exceptions if you are riding in a bike lane. CVC 21208 states that although riders typically must use the bike lane when available and moving slower than traffic, they can leave the bike lane in the same instances, as long as they move from the lane with reasonable safety and giving the appropriate signal.

Furthermore, CVC 21201 states that riders must operate only bicycles on roadways that meet some requirements, such as having specified lamps and reflectors. For example, when ridden at night, bicycles must have a white or yellow reflector on each pedal, shoe, or ankle visible 200 feet from both the front and rear of the bicycle. Likewise, bicycles must have a red reflector or a solid or flashing red light with a built-in reflector on the back of the bicycle visible from 500 feet when directly in front of upper beam headlights on a motor vehicle.

These CVC sections are only a few of the many provisions that apply to bicycles on the road. Bonnici Law Group has the experience, knowledge, and reputation that you want and need when you are injured in a bike accident, as they ride, too. We are here to help you build the most substantial claim possible for compensation and obtain a positive outcome in your case. Do not hesitate to contact Bonnici Law Group at 619-259-5199 or help@bonnicilawgroup.com.

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