Thursday, May 31, 2007

Rules to Remember in Operating Your Bicycles

III.Operation on Roadway (See CVC Sections 21202 - 21212)
Do you know that you should ride as close as practicable to the right curb or edge of the road when you are driving your bicycle and traveling slower than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction?
However, there are exceptions to this rule and these exceptions are as follows:
• When you are passing/overtaking a bicycle moving in the same direction;
• When you are preparing for a left turn;
• When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (surface hazards, pedestrians, objects, etc.); and
• When you are on a one-way street, you may ride to the far left of the lane;
Also, in operating your bicycle, the law says you cannot carry any package that prevents you from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars.
Similarly, when riding in bike lanes, same rules apply as when riding to the far right of the road, except that you cannot leave a bike lane until the movement can be made with reasonable safety after giving a proper signal.
Furthermore, you or any other person cannot obstruct a bike lane. Finally, if you are under 18 years of age you are required to wear helmets while bicycling. Follow the above tips to make your riding experience more safe and enjoyable.