More Cyclists Are On City Streets Because Of The Warm Weather

cyclist-cityFirst, we want you be as careful as possible while cycling.

Second, the statewide bicycle lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP, urge all bicyclists and motorists to obey all California state laws and city ordinances dealing with bicyclists and their safety.

Because summer is upon us more children and adults will be out riding bicycles. Adults must therefore be more careful.

California law requires vehicles passing a bicycle in the same direction to maintain a distance of no less than three feet. All bicyclists must follow California law and all city ordinances. California law also requires bicyclists to ride as close as is safe to the right hand curb or roadway edge when there is not an official bicycle lane. Of course, bicyclists do not have to ride over or be endangered by debris, surface hazards, pedestrians, animals or parked cars.

Almost all California cities prohibit bicycles riding on the sidewalk, passing other vehicles between lanes of traffic, passing in the same direction and riding more than two cyclists parallel to each other. Bicyclists should only use bicycle lanes provided and not the roadway. Certain city ordinances prohibit a cyclists from carrying a package that could prevent the rider from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars.

Certain ordinances also require bicyclists to be equipped with a front lamp when used at any time from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise. This same rule requires a back lamp on bicycles.

Everyone, that is bicyclists and automobiles, should drive defensively and pay attention to everyone else, including motorcyclists, drivers and pedestrians who may be on the roads. Please pay attention to each other.

This has been a public service message by the California bicycle lawyers, Nadrich & Cohen, LLP. We specialize in bicycle cases throughout California.

You can reach us at 1-800-718-4658.

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