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The Rights and Responsibilities of Bicyclists in California
The California Vehicle Code §21200(a) provides that cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers. Like drivers, cyclists are subject to the same laws when it comes to drinking while riding, providing pedestrians with the right-of-way, and following traffic signs.
For cyclist protection, there are few laws that apply to the interaction between drivers and cyclists when on the road. One of these laws, the Three Feet for Safety Act, requires all drivers to provide cyclists with at least three feet of buffer space when passing them or driving alongside them.
Based on California Vehicle Code §21211, with the exception of public and private utility vehicles, no one can obstruct a designated bicycle path. Pedestrians, drivers, or other cyclists cannot stand, sit, loiter, or stand on any bikeway. Additionally, the parking of any motor vehicle or bicycle on a bicycle path or trail is also prohibited.
Pursuant to the Vehicle Code §21208, anyone who is traveling slower than normal traffic speed must use the bicycle lane, when available, unless the following conditions apply:
- The cyclist wants to overtake another rider or pedestrian traveling in the bike lane,
- The cyclist is preparing to make a left turn into a driveway or at an intersection, or
- To avoid a hazardous condition, such as road debris, that exists in the bike lane.
When a cyclist wants to leave a bike lane, he or she will need to wait until it can be done safely. The rider will also need to give the appropriate hand signal to warn drivers of his or her deviation from the bicycle lane.