Summer is right around the corner, which means that more people will be engaging in outdoor activities, like bicycling. Community members are encouraged to reacquaint themselves with bicycle safety rules that will help make their summer rides safer and more enjoyable.
Always Wear an Approved Bicycle Helmet: A bicycle helmet should sit low on the forehead, just above the eyebrows. It should fit snugly and the two side plastic pieces on the straps should fit just under the ears. The buckle should be just under the chin, with one finger’s width of space between the strap and chin. The helmet must always be buckled while riding. The helmet should not move more than ½ inch in any direction.
Know and Follow the Rules of the Road: Know and follow the rules of the road contained within the California Vehicle Code (CVC). Vehicle Code handbooks can be obtained through your local Department of Motor Vehicles Office or Automobile Club. Remember, bicyclists must obey the same laws as drivers of motor vehicles.
Ride with the Flow of Traffic: Always follow lane markings and use appropriate hand signals. Ride single-file when in heavily congested areas.
Avoid Riding at Night: If it becomes necessary to do so, wear light-colored or reflective clothing. Make sure your bicycle is properly equipped with reflectors and a front light, if possible.
Be Alert While Riding: Watch for cars, pedestrians, and hazards in the roadway like potholes, drain grates, etc. Don’t assume other people will yield to you. Be courteous and give the right-of-way to other bicycles and pedestrians. Walk Your Bike when Crossing A Street in a Crosswalk: Always look left, right, then left again—even when the light gives you the right-of-way.
Do I have to wear a helmet when I ride a bicycle? If you are under 18 years of age, you must wear a helmet.
Can a passenger ride on my handlebars or stand on the rear axle of my bicycle? A passenger can only ride on a bicycle when it is equipped with a separate, permanently affixed seat.
Can I ride my bicycle on the sidewalk or do I have to ride on the street? If I do ride my bicycle on the street, what side should I ride on? Bicyclists are permitted to ride on sidewalks; however, it is an infraction to do so in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. If you ride your bicycle on the street, you must ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic and as close as practicable to the right side of the roadway.
Can I be arrested for driving-under-the-influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) on a bicycle? It is a misdemeanor to operate a bicycle on a highway while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or any drug.