Below you will find the City of Long Beach Municipal Code Bicycle Reference Summary.

Traffic Laws Applicable (10.48.020) Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway or sidewalk shall be subject to the provisions of this Title applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to provisions which by their nature can have no application, and such person shall also comply with the special bicycle regulations contained in the Chapter.

Emerging From Alley, Driveway, or Building (10.48.030) The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on the sidewalk or sidewalk area, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the roadway. (Prior code § 3410.202).

Riding in a Group (10.48.040) Persons operating bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast, except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. (Prior code § 3410.203).

Parking (10.48.050) No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the roadway against the curb or upon a sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle or against a building or at the curb in such manner as to afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic. (Prior code § 3410.204).

Path Use (10.48.060) When a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway. (Prior code § 3410.205).

Riding on Sidewalks (10.48.070)

  • A. No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within any business district; upon the sidewalks of bridges; in pedestrian underpasses; on pedestrian overpasses; upon sidewalks adjacent to any school building, church, recreation center, playground, or senior citizens’ residential development; within the area south of Ocean Boulevard between the Long Beach Museum of Art on the west and Bluff Park on the east; on the northerly side of the Downtown Marina mole which directly abuts said marina, between Gangway A and Gangway P.
  • B. Any person riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian, and when overtaking and passing a pedestrian, shall give an audible signal and shall pass to the left of the pedestrian only under conditions permitting such movement in safety.
  • C. The speed limit for bicycles on a sidewalk is 15 miles per hour unless otherwise posted. The speed limit where pedestrians are present is five miles per hour. Signs specifying the speed limit shall be placed by the Traffic Engineer in locations which will provide notice to significant concentrations of sidewalk bicycle riders or where bicycle speed problems are found to exist on sidewalks.
  • D. For purposes of this Section, the following public ways shall be considered sidewalks: 1. Seaside Walk south of Ocean Boulevard between 55th Place and 69th Place, known as the Boardwalk;
  • C. This Section shall not apply to a bicycle operated by any officer employed by the City while acting within the course and scope of his or her employment, having peace officer powers pursuant to Penal Code Section 830 or are employed in positions as provided under Sections 16.16.080, 16.08.340 and 16.08.341 of the Long Beach Municipal Code. (Ord. C-7453 § 1, 1997; Ord. C-7210 § 1, 1994: Ord. C-7204 § 1, 1994; Ord. C-7084 § 1, 1993: Ord. C-6883 § 1, 1991; Ord. C-6322 § 1, 1986; Ord. C-5911 § 1, 1982; Ord. C-5678 § 1, 1981; prior code § 3410.206).

Signaling Device Required (10.48.080) No person shall operate a bicycle upon a sidewalk unless it is equipped with a bell, horn or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least one hundred feet, except that a bicycle shall not be equipped with, nor shall any person use upon a bicycle, any siren or whistle. (Ord. C-6322 § 2, 1986).

Penalty (10.48.090) Violation of any provision of this Chapter is an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars. (Ord. C-6322 § 3, 1986).

Signs (10.48.100) Whenever any provision of this Chapter prohibits the riding of bicycles, the traffic engineer shall have the authority to erect and maintain signs giving notice thereof in the area where such prohibition is in effect. (Ord. C-6883 § 2, 1991).

Prohibited Areas (10.48.110) No person other than law enforcement officers shall ride a bicycle within the Civic Center Plaza or within Lincoln Park, which together include all areas bounded by the west right-of-way line of Pacific Avenue, the north right-of way line of Ocean Boulevard, the west right-of way line of the vacated Chestnut Avenue right of-way, and the south right-of-way line of Broadway. (Ord. C-7281 § 3, 1994).

Conformance required (10.50.020) No person shall ride or propel any bicycle upon any street, alley, park or bicycle path or other public place in the city which is not registered, or for which the appropriate fee has not been paid or which does not bear a bicycle plate as required by the provisions of this chapter. (Prior code § 6100.231).

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