Bicycle Safety

Riding a bicycle has many benefits including savings on fuel, insurance, vehicle maintenance, not to mention being good for you! Along with those benefits come responsibilites. Bicyclists are subject to the same laws that apply to vehicles such as speed laws, requirement to stop for red lights and stop signs, as well as right-of-way violations.

California Vehicle Code

Additionally there are several other California Vehicle Code (CVC) sections that apply specifically to bicycles and must be adhered to as well.  Some of the common ones are listed below for your reference:

  1. Bicycle Defined
  2. Helmets
  3. Lighting / Reflectors
  4. Rules of the Road
  5. Sales of Bicycles

CVC 39000

"Bicycle", for the purposes of this division, means any device upon which a person may ride, which is propelled by human power through a system of belts, chains, or gears having either two or three wheels (one of which is at least 20 inches in diameter) or having a frame size of at least 14 inches, or having four or more wheels.

Next time before you ride, take a look at your bicycle to see if it is in compliance.