- Obeying all traffic signs and signal lights.
- Riding in the same directions as traffic.
- Signaling when changing lanes or turning.
- Yielding to pedestrians.
- Wearing a helmet (if under 18 years old).
- Allowing faster traffic to pass when safe.
- Staying visible (e.g., never weave between parked vehicles).
- Riding as near to the right curb or edge of the roadway as practicable.
- Not riding on the sidewalk, unless allowed by the city where you’re riding.
- Making left and right turns in the same way drivers do, using the same turn lanes.
- If the bicyclist is traveling straight ahead, they should use through traffic lane rather than ride to the curb and block traffic making right turns.
Bicyclists shall not operate a bicycle on a roadway unless the bicycle is equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make a one-wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
Bicyclists have the right to operate on the road and may:
- Lawfully be permitted to ride on certain sections of freeways where there is no alternate route and bicycling is not forbidden by a sign.
- Move left to avoid hazards such as parked or moving vehicles, bicycles, animals or debris.
- Choose to ride near the left curb or edge of a one-way street.
– California Driver Handbook 2018.