Deaths and Injuries

In 2015 in the United States, over 1,000 bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries. Data from 2010 show fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to bicyclists resulted in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of $10 billion.

Laws Applicable to Bicycle Use

CVC 21200 states that the rules of the road, set out in Division 11 of the California Vehicle Code, that do not specifically apply only to motor vehicles are applicable to cyclists. Police officers riding bicycles are exempt from the provisions when they are responding to an emergency call, engaged in rescue operations, or in immediate pursuit of a suspect.

Equipment requirement

A bicycle ridden on public roads must have a brake on at least one wheel which can make the wheel skid on dry pavement.

CVC 21201 (d) A bicycle operated during darkness upon a highway, a sidewalk where bicycle operation is not prohibited by the local jurisdiction, or a bikeway... shall be equipped with all of the following:

  • A white front lamp (either attached to the bike or to the rider) which can be seen from 300 feet (91 m) away.
  • A red rear safety reflector visible from 500 feet (150 m) away when illuminated by automobile headlights.
  • White or yellow reflectors visible from on the bike's pedals or the cyclist's feet or ankles.
  • A white or yellow reflector on each side of the bike's front half.
  • A white or red reflector on each side of the bike's back half.

Bicycle helmets for minors

CVC 21212 requires cyclists under the age of 18 to wear helmets.

Possibility of licensing

CVC 39002 allows local authorities to implement mandatory licensing for bicycles and prohibit unlicensed riding.

39002. (a) A city or county, which adopts a bicycle licensing ordinance or resolution, may provide in the ordinance or resolution that no resident shall operate any bicycle, as specified in the ordinance, on any street, road, highway, or other public property within the jurisdiction of the city or county, as the case may be, unless the bicycle is licensed in accordance with this division.

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(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_law_in_California

(2) https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/

(3) https://www.cdc.gov/