Bike Safely: Tips on the Go

  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic (CVC 21200).

  • Stop at all stop signs and red lights. All traffic laws and regulations apply to people biking as well as motorists (CVC 21200).

  • Be predictable. Signal your intentions and only change lanes when safe to do so (CVC 22111).

  • When riding at night, use front and back lights, and reflectors to the sides to make yourself visible.

  • Helmets reduce your chance of brain injuries in case of a crash. Children under 18 on a bicycle are required to wear helmets by state law (CVC 21212).

  • People biking may not park their bicycle on a bike path (CVC 21211) or sidewalk (CVC 21206) in a way that impedes the path of people biking or walking.

  • People biking should ride as far to the right as safe, but can take a lane if the road is too narrow, or avoiding hazards (potholes, parked cars, debris) or preparing for left turn (CVC 21202).

  • People biking must use a bike lane if going slower than traffic, but can leave the bike lane to avoid obstructions and hazards or to make a left turn (CVC 21208).

  • Individual cities and counties can decide if people biking can ride on sidewalks (CVC 21206). Slow down for people on sidewalks, crosswalks or bike paths.

  • Low Speed (less than 20 mph) electric bicycles are allowed to use all bikeways unless specifically prohibited (CVC 21213). Mid speed (less than 28 MPH) bikes are prohibited on bike paths/trails.