Bicyclists on public streets have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile and motorcycle drivers. Respect the right-of- way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with other drivers. Below are some critical points for drivers and bicyclists to remember.
As of September 2014, motorists are required to abide by the “three foot rule” when passing bicyclists on the road. While there is no tried-and-true test to measure 36 inches while in the action of driving, if a vehicle’s open door would touch the cyclist, the vehicle is likely too close. Motorists found in violation of the law will face a $35 fine. Additionally…
Instruction on how motorists should drive around cyclists is not limited to the slow moving vehicles section. This “Right / Wrong”? diagram on how to pass a cyclist, for example, is on the section on how pass any vehicle and how to use passing lanes. These directions are given for “Passing Other Traffic”?:
Avoid passing other vehicles, including motorcycles and bicycles, on two-lane roads. It is dangerous. Every time you pass, you increase your chances of having a collision. Be patient when passing a bicyclist. Slow down and pass only when it is safe. Do not squeeze the bicyclist off the road.
Under “Road Workers and Work Zones”? we find this discussion:
In work zones where lanes are narrow or where the shoulder is closed, watch for bicycles and “share the road”? when they are present.
The current DMV test for California drivers license also has questions about sharing the road with cyclists. Some questions I’ve heard of and seen on sample tests include:
You must look for bicycle riders in the same lanes used by motor vehicles because they:
To make a right turn at the corner, you:
On a green arrow, you must:
How does this compare with your state’s driving manual and driver’s license test?
See the California Drivers’ Handbook here.
Also read the California Vehicle Code regarding bicycles.
Finally, peruse a Summary of Bicycle Related Laws from many different California government agencies.