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Glendale Sidewalk Riding Laws

Most people believe that the California Vehicle Code outlaws all bicycle riding on the sidewalk. However, that is a common misconception. In fact, the California Vehicle Code allows every jurisdiction to regulate its own laws regarding bicycle riding on sidewalks. Arguably, the amount of sidewalk accidents is relative to the amount of traffic on the sidewalk, standardized speeds, and pedestrian behavior.

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Glendale Rules for sidewalk bike riding

California Vehicle Code 21206 dictates, “This chapter does not prevent local authorities, by ordinance, from regulating the registration of bicycles and the parking and operation of bicycles on pedestrian or bicycle facilities, provided such regulation is not in conflict with the provisions of this code.” 

According to the City of Glendale’s Municipal Code 10.64.025, bicycles are banned from riding on the sidewalk. The exact code dictates, “No person shall ride or operate a bicycle upon any public sidewalk in any business district within the city except where such sidewalk is officially designed as part of an established bicycle route.” 

Unfortunately, most people are unfamiliar with business district boundaries as defined by the vehicle code. These regulations also fail to detail the guidelines for younger riders who may not have the experience or skill to ride on the road or on busy streets. 

How Does Glendale Define A Business District?   

California Vehicle Code Section 240 defines both business and residential districts. CVC Section 240 Section C states, “All churches, apartments, hotels, multiple dwelling houses, clubs, and public buildings, other than schools, shall be deemed to be business structures.” 

Under the California Vehicle Code, multiple dwelling homes are considered business districts, which opens up children and those who ride in these areas to citations and other legal troubles.

The City of Glendale considers many of its properties as “business districts”. The city adds purpose to these districts by making them a convenient space that provides outstanding services and a family-friendly environment. These districts may also be spaces where public events such as carnivals, car shows, parades, and other special events are held. These areas include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Downtown Glendale. This is an area that holds a myriad of specialty stores, fine dining, restaurants, movie theatres, night clubs, and live performance theaters.        
  • Montrose Shopping Park. Glendale’s official Old Town is found on the main street and features a myriad of shops and restaurants. 

The Safe And Healthy Streets Plan  

Like the rest of California, Glendale would like to promote a healthy and environmentally clean method of traveling. The idea encourages youthful riding which, in some ways, can contradict the California Vehicle Code and other regulations that are currently in place. To remedy this, the City of Glendale proposes The Safe and Healthy Streets Plan, which suggests these considerations:

  • Reiterate that pedestrians have the “right-of-way” on sidewalks which would require bicyclists to yield to pedestrians. 
  • Add signage to individual streets and business districts that are considered to be high volume, busy areas. These signs should properly indicate the streets and areas where bike riding is prohibited. 
  • Modify the definition of a “business district”.
  • Add an exception to the rule that allows riding within low traffic residential areas. 
  • Enforce bicycle speed regulations on sidewalks. 

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If you have sustained injuries in the city of Glendale or surrounding areas as a result of a bicycle accident or other type of accident, a personal injury attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, loss of consortium, emotional distress and pain and suffering. We have offices in Glendale, Bakersfield, Irvine, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Riverside, Pasadena, San Bernardino, Woodland Hills, and Solana Beach. Our offices specialize in:

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