Each year more than 800 people are hit by cars in The City. In 2015, 31 people were killed in traffic collisions in San Francisco, including 21 pedestrians and 4 cyclists. The top three causes of fatal collisions were drivers failing to yield to pedestrians (29%), drivers speeding (26%), and drivers running red lights (13%).

Though learning of the bike rules, we hope to raise awareness of the urgent need for motorists to be mindful of bicyclists and pedestrians. We also want to provide information for bicyclists and pedestrians on their legal rights and responsibilities. We all benefit by looking out for each other and sharing the road.

TOP

BIKE

RULES

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CYCLISTS

MUST

FOLLOW

​THE CVC

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RIDE

WITH

​TRAFFIC

CVC is the California Vehicle Code. The California Vehicle Code contains almost all statutes relating to the operation, ownership and registration of vehicles (including bicycles) in the state of California in the United States. It also contains statutes concerning the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the California Highway Patrol. 

As a general rule, bicyclists have the same duties and reponsibilities as vehicle drivers. Thus, stop at stop signs and red lights just like all other vehicles (CVC 21200).

Ride in the same direction as traffic. If traveling in the opposite direction of a one way street, walk your bicycle on the sidewalk (CVC 21650).

CVC is the California Vehicle Code.

RIDE ON

THE RIGHT

SIDE OF

THE ROAD

If you are riding as fast as traffic, you can ride in the traffic lane. In most cases, you will be moving slower than traffic. Then you must ride as close as practicable to the right side curb or the edge of the roadway.

Several important exceptions in the Vehicle Code allow you to “take the lane.” These exceptions are : (1) overtaking and passing another bicyclist,

(2) preparing to take a left turn, and (3) when “reasonably necessary to avoid conditions... that make it unsafe to continue to ride along the right-hand curb or edge,” such as pedestrians walking in the roadway (CVC 21202).

CVC is the California Vehicle Code.

TAKE 

THE

LANE

If you’re next to parked cars or you’re riding in a narrow lane — if you feel safer, take the lane and ride outside the door zone. (CVC 21202)

CVC is the California Vehicle Code.

YIELD TO

PEDESTRIANS

Pedestrians should always use marked crosswalks when crossing a roadway. But even if they do not, bicyclists must exercise due for the safety of any pedestrian on a roadway (CVC 21954).

CVC is the California Vehicle Code.

RIDE WITH 

LIGHTS AND

REFLECTORS

AT NIGHT

When riding at night, you or your bike must be equipped with a white light that is visible from a distance of 300 feet in front of the bike. The bike must also have: A red reflector or a solid or flashing red light with a built-in reflector on the rear that is visible from a distance of 500 feet, A white or yellow reflector on each pedal, shoe, or ankle visible from the front and rear of the bicycle from a distance of 200 feet, and A white or yellow reflector on each side forward of the center of the bicycle, and a white or red reflector on each side to the rear of the center of the bicycle, unless your bike has front and rear reflectorized tires (CVC 21201(d)).

CVC is the California Vehicle Code.

UNDER 18,

WEAR

A HELMET

If you are under age 18, you must wear an approved helmet when riding. If you are 18 and older, a helmet is not required. Do not risk a life-threatening head injury in a bike crash: always wear a helmet (CVC 21212).

CVC is the California Vehicle Code.

In California, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle on a street, bikeway or public bicycle path or trail. This includes children who are sitting in restraining seats or are being towed in a trailer behind the bicycle. The law also requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet when riding a scooter, skateboard or when using inline skates. Bidwell Park, Chico, and El Cerrito require all people, no matter what age, to wear helmets when riding a bicycle.

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STOP AT,

NOT IN THE

CROSSWALK

Crosswalks are for pedestrians, not cars or bicycles (CVC 21455).

CVC is the California Vehicle Code.

ONE EAR

NOT

COVERED

Bicyclists are not allowed to wear earplugs in both ears or a headset covering both ears. (CVC 27400).

CVC is the California Vehicle Code.

NO TALL

BIKES ON

ROADWAYS

The bike must be of a size that the bicyclist can stop, support it in an upright position with at least one foot on the ground, and start in a safe manner (CVC 21201(c)).

CVC is the California Vehicle Code.

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