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-Posted On April 15, 2023 In Bikes and California Law-

Electric Bicycle Laws in California

Electric bikes, or e-bikes, have become increasingly popular over the years, especially in California. With the rise in e-bike usage, it’s essential to understand the laws and regulations that apply to them so that you can stay safe on the road.  What Is an Electric Bike under California Law? According to the California Vehicle Code, electric bicycles are conventional bicycles with a motor that is less than 750 watts and has a maximum speed of 28 miles per hour. If an electric bike exceeds these specifications, it is classified as a moped or motorcycle rather than a bicycle. There…
-Posted On January 13, 2023 In Bicycle Community,Bikes and California Law-

Do Cyclists Need to Stop for Stop Signs?

In California, cyclists are free to share the road with motorists, except in places where it is prohibited. Bikes are considered vehicles, and many traffic laws apply specifically to cyclists. However, there is often confusion regarding what a bicycle can and cannot do on the road. As a cyclist, you have the same rights and responsibilities as a motorist. You must always follow the rules of the road—including stopping for stop signs and red lights. Not only is this the law, but obeying traffic signs can help significantly reduce the risk of an accident.  California Cyclists Are Required to Stop…
-Posted On November 10, 2022 In Bicycle Accident,Bikes and California Law-

Can a Cyclist Use a Handheld Mobile Phone While Riding?

Texting and driving is an undoubtedly dangerous practice. Using a mobile phone takes your eyes, hands, and mind off of this important act, which can heighten the risk of an accident. In fact, this practice is illegal in California. Many people wonder if this rule extends to other road activities too, like riding a bicycle. While many states have laws that expressly prohibit texting and cycling, California has no such statute in place. Although it is legal for a cyclist to use a mobile phone while riding, however, this practice can be very dangerous. If you are involved in an…
-Posted On October 10, 2022 In Bicycle Community,Bikes and California Law-

The Three Feet Rule Bicycle Law in California

It’s no secret that cyclists are extremely vulnerable to injuries on the road. From distracted drivers to motorists who fail to yield the right of way, many hazards could lead to a bicycle accident. To help reduce the risk of these incidents, California has passed several important bicycle laws, including the Three Feet for Safety Act. The three feet bicycle passing law helps protect cyclists from accidents caused by drivers who follow too closely. This law requires all motorists to give cyclists at least three feet of clearance from any part of their vehicles.  An Overview of the Three Feet…
-Posted On June 13, 2022 In Bikes and California Law-

California Electric Scooter Laws

Electric scooters are growing in popularity across California. These alternate modes of transportation provide a portable, cost-effective way to get around your city or town. However, electric scooters are subject to various rules and regulations, just like other vehicles. Here is what you need to know about California electric scooter laws, as defined by the California Vehicle Code. Electric Scooters Can Travel No Faster Than 15 Miles Per Hour According to California law, electric scooters are motorized vehicles that have two wheels, handlebars, and a floorboard. These vehicles cannot travel faster than 15 miles per hour. Driving over the speed…
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