Tips for Sharing the Road with People in Motor Vehicles
- Obey all traffic regulations
Riding predictably and following the law are the keys to safe bicycling on Los Angeles streets.
Knowing and following the rules helps all road users properly anticipate and react to each other.
- Never ride against traffic
Riding against traffic is DANGEROUS and illegal. ALWAYS ride in the same direction as motor vehicle or pedestrian traffic. People driving and walking are not looking for people on bicycles riding the wrong way down a street.
- Avoid riding on the sidewalk
People walking have the right of way on walkways. If you must ride on sidewalks, please do so at a walking pace. Slow down and look very carefully for traffic at driveways or intersections.
- Ride in a straight line
Avoid weaving between parked cars. Ride in a straight line at least 4 feet away from parked cars to avoid opening car doors.
- When necessary, use the entire lane
Move toward the center, if the lane is too narrow for people driving to pass safely or when you are moving at the same speed as traffic.
- There are 2 ways to safely turn left
Use the left turn lane or ride across the intersection, cross the street walking next to your bike, and align yourself with traffic.
- Beware of Right Hook
If you are turning right, wait in the designated right turn lane. Move to the left of a right turning vehicle or bus. Watch for people driving rushing into the intersection and turn right in front of you.
- Avoid the “Door Zone”
Ride 4 feet away from parked cars to avoid the “door zone.” Look for drivers inside of parked cars who might open the car’s door and pass safely.
- Use bicycle lanes, when available
When riding in a bike lane, ride to the left side of the lane, at least 3 to 4 feet from parked cars.
- Be aware
Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t wear headphones in both ears (it’s illegal and dangerous). Remember to signal and make eye contact with other people using the road.