Long Beach is a bicycle-friendly community where motorists and bicyclists share the streets and follow the rules ensuring safe roads for all. Be aware of the rules of the road.

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Motorists & Bicyclists:

1. Same Road, Same Rules, Same Rights

The California Vehicle Code grants motorists and bicyclists the same rights and responsibilities on public streets–both are responsible for obeying the laws and rules of the road.

2. Stay Focused and Avoid Distractions

Whether you drive a car or ride a bike, it’s illegal to talk or text using a hand-held cell phone. Wearing headphones that cover both ears is also prohibited.

3. Red Means Stop at Traffic Signals and Stop Signs

Motorists and bicyclists must stop at red lights and stop signs, and yield at stop signs to those who arrive first.

4. Beware of the “Door Zone”

Motorists should take extra precaution when opening car doors into traffic to avoid collisions with oncoming bicyclists. And, bicyclists should allow at least five feet or more clearance while riding alongside parked cars to avoid the “Door Zone.”

Motorists:

5. Slow When Passing Bicyclists

On narrower streets, pass bicyclists slowly and only pass with adequate space.

6. Give Bicyclists Three Feet or More When Passing

The faster a car’s speed, the greater the distance a motorist needs to pass safely. If there is not adequate space to pass, change lanes or wait until you can pass safely.

7. Take Care at Driveways and Intersections

Most crashes occur at intersections and driveways. So when pulling out of driveways, look both ways for bicyclists and pedestrians and take extra care when turning right at intersections.

8. Use Your Horn to Warn, Not to Scorn

Nobody likes angry honking, and sudden loud noises startle and distract bicyclists. In fact, it’s against the law to use your horn for non-emergency warnings.

Bicyclists:

9. Be Predictable and Use Hand Signals

Bicyclists are safest when their actions and behaviors are predictable to motorists and pedestrians. Bicyclists should follow the same rules as if they are driving a car, such as looking behind and using signals prior to making turns.

10. Be Visible Day and Night

Wear bright or contrasting clothing to be seen by motorists. By law, at night bicyclists must turn on a white headlight and use side and rear reflectors. A rear-facing red LED light is recommended.

11. Bike with the Flow of Traffic

Bicyclists must travel with the flow of traffic. It’s the law. Riding in the same direction of traffic helps bicyclists to be visible and predictable to motorists and pedestrians.

12. Walk Your Bike on the Sidewalk in Business Districts

No bike riding on the sidewalks in business districts (LB Muni. Code 10.48.070).  Bicyclists must either walk their bikes on the sidewalks or lock them at one of the many convenient bike racks available for public use.

Pedestrians Rule

Always slow down and yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street or walking on sidewalks or roadways.

Wear a Helmet

Protect your most valuable asset by wearing a bike helmet. Children under 18 are required by state law to wear a helmet.

Click on the following links for more safety tips: 

12 TIPS FOR A SAFE TRIP ENFORCEMENT EQUIPMENT & MAINTENANCE GETTING STARTED IN A COLLISION? MUNICIPAL & VEHICLE CODES NIGHT AND WEATHER  

 



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