In the interests of public safety, California Vehicle Code 21650 requires all bicyclists to travel in the same direction that traffic is traveling in. Although not mandatory, bicyclists are encouraged to ride on the right side of the road, as close as practicable to the curb. That means as far to the right as a bicyclist can ride, giving due regard to existing traffic, weather and road conditions.
There are some exceptions to this rule. Here are a few of them:
- When preparing to make or when making a left turn.
- When passing another bicyclist who is moving at a slower speed than you.
- If there is construction in the right lane.
- If there is debris in the right lane, or other unsafe conditions exist in it.
Bicycles are Vehicles Too
Always keep the fact in mind that under CVC 21200, bicycles are vehicles. They’re permitted to share the roadway with motor vehicles. Operators of motor vehicles must share the roadway with bicyclists too. You’ll be much safer when you’re on a bike if you follow the applicable California traffic laws and Los Angeles ordinances.
Our lawyers at Los Angeles Bicycle law exclusively represent injured bicyclists in Los Angeles County and Southern California. Those are the only types of cases that we work on. As a result of dedicating ourselves to injured bicyclists, we’re able to deliver superior legal representation and results. Contact our offices as soon as possible after being injured in any bicycle accident that was caused by the negligence of somebody else. Our goal is to continually obtain the maximum settlement or award that each of our clients deserve.
After being injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by the carelessness and negligence of somebody else, contact our offices by phone or email to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. Your questions will be answered honestly, and we’ll advise you of all of your legal options. Our goal is to obtain the maximum settlements or awards that our clients deserve.