Whenever you’re on your bicycle, always remember that bikes are considered to be vehicles pursuant to CVC 21200. That makes the law about stop signs simple. Bicyclists must stop whenever they encounter a stop sign in their direction of traffic.
CVC 22450 states as follows: “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within an intersection shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there is no limit line or crosswalk, the driver shall stop at the entrance to the intersecting roadway.”
California Stops Are Not Allowed in California
Regardless of their statutory duty to stop at a stop sign, some Los Angeles bicyclists disregard CVC 22450. Some bicyclists believe that it isn’t safe for them to stop at every stop sign when a motorist is behind them. They’ve even organized and lobbied the California legislature in efforts to have CVC 22450 revised to allow them to just slow down and slowly coast through stop signs when it appears to be safe to do so. To date, those efforts haven’t succeeded. Motorists and bicyclists must still come to a complete stop at a stop sign.
Police officers in Los Angeles often disregard bicyclists who disregard stop signs, but if there’s an accident, and a motorist has the right-of-way, the fact that a bicyclist failed to stop at a stop sign can be critical in a personal injury lawsuit for damages. If you were injured in a stop sign accident while riding a bicycle anywhere in or around Los Angeles or Southern California, contact our offices as soon as you can to arrange for a free no-obligation consultation and case review with a quality Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer. Our practice is concentrated exclusively on the representation of bicyclists who have been injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of others.