In California, some laws must be adhered to by bicyclists and drivers. The state makes
it a point to weed out unsafe practices to prevent bicycle collisions.
The following is a list of California bicycle laws that should be followed when riding in the state.
While there may be other laws not listed here, we believe these laws are the most important for
cyclists to follow.
Cyclists must adhere to the vehicle code.
Adult bicyclists must abide by the same road rules as people in other vehicles. This
includes stopping at red lights and stop signs just as everyone else does.
The California Three Feet for Safety Act
California’s Three Feet for Safety Act requires that drivers must keep a distance of at least 3
feet between their vehicles and any part of a bicycle when overtaking them.
Use bike lanes
When cycling slower than traffic on a road that has a bike lane, bicyclists should always use the
bike lane. Getting off the bike lane is okay when they determine it is safe enough to do so.
California’s helmet law
California’s helmet law states that any person under age 18 must wear an approved helmet
when riding a bicycle. For those over 18, helmets are not required but recommended.
Have good brakes
Cyclists must ensure their bikes are equipped with functional brakes that can make the wheel
skid on dry and clean pavements.
Ride with reflectors when it’s dark
When you ride your bicycle at night, you want to make yourself more visible to other road
users and pedestrians. To do this, a bike must have white light or reflector that can be seen
from a distance of 300 feet.
Bicycle safety tips
The statistics about bicycle accidents are disturbing. However, you can decrease your risk by
simply following these safety tips when cycling:
1. Invest in safety gear
Proper safety gear should be worn when riding a bicycle. By investing in the right equipment, you can
offer yourself peace of mind when out on the streets.
A crash-tested helmet is the first line of defense against head injury and should be your top priority. The straps should be snug so that the helmet will stay steady on your head and prevent head injuries if you crash. Also, consider wearing other protective gear like knee and elbow pads to protect yourself.
2. Be visible
Visibility is critical when it comes to bicycle safety. For example, riding at night is much more dangerous than during the day. Bike riding at night can be hazardous due to not being able to be seen by cars and pedestrians. However, there are ways that you can make yourself more visible. Always wear brightly colored clothes. Also, install bike lights as well as reflectors that help drivers see you better at night.
3. Pay attention to your environment
Most importantly, pay attention! Many bicycle accidents take place due to distraction issues.
Riding your bicycle on roadways requires taking note of the roadway’s conditions and other drivers’ conditions. Ride in an area that you are familiar with. Make sure there is no obstruction in your path (traffic, potholes, etc.). Follow all traffic rules and laws. Use caution when overtaking other vehicles.
4. Door zone
One of the most important things to remember is the door zone.
The Door zone is the space along the side of a parked vehicle where an opening door can strike and injure a bicyclist. In a bike lane, ride as far as possible to the left and make sure there’s a 4-foot gap between you and parked cars.
What To Do After a Bicycle Accident:
If you’re biking on the street and somehow end up in a collision — don’t panic. Follow these tips to get fair compensation for your claim:
● You should assess the situation after crashing.
● Wait until the police arrive so that they may file a report
● Ensure to seek medical attention.
● Gather relevant details like the other party’s name, insurance information, license plate, phone number, and witness contact details.
● Contact a bicycle accident attorney.
If you have been involved in an accident, please contact us for a free case evaluation.