According to ARTICLE 4. Operation of Bicycles [21200 – 21213] of the California Vehicle Code, which contains California Bicycle Laws, pretty much all the same rights and responsibilities that apply to car drivers apply to bicycle riders as well.
California Bicycle Laws are there for the safety and protection of everyone on public roads. Following them can help prevent accidents and tragedies, and make the streets safer for everyone. Unfortunately, according to the California Department of Public Health, 189 people lost their lives in bicycle accidents throughout the state in 2016.
To help spread awareness amongst bicyclists and car drivers, we’ve created a summary of California Bicycle Laws. These summaries also include a one-sentence takeaway to help you remember the laws.
Summary of California Bicycle Laws
1. C.V.C. 21200 Operating a Bicycle
This section states a bicycle rider has the same rights and responsibilities as a driver of a vehicle