Bicyclists often times fail to realize that most rules governing the operation of their bicycles are the same as those for cars. While there are certainly differences and exceptions, it is important to know the laws and to use them to your advantage in any personal injury claim involving a bicycle or motor vehicles. Some of the more pertinent laws pertaining to the use and operation of bicycles on our roadways are set forth below.
Vehicle Code Â§21200 provides that bicyclists are subject to the Vehicle Code just as drivers of motor vehicles. Section 21663 provides that no motor vehicle shall be driven on a sidewalk except to enter or leave adjacent property. Section 21650.1 provides that bicycles shall be operated in same direction as vehicles. The Los Angeles County Code 15.76.080 expressly precludes a person from operating his bicycle on the sidewalk. However, Los Angeles Municipal Code 56.15 only prohibits your riding a bicycle on a sidewalk if the bicycle is being driven in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.