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Irvine Sidewalk Bicycle Riding Laws

Unless you have a deep understanding of California law, the California Vehicle Code can be difficult to understand. Most people believe that California prohibits bicycle riding on sidewalks. However, the truth is that California Vehicle Code gives every jurisdiction authority to administer their own rules regarding sidewalk riding. Therefore it is up to each county to decide on speed limits, who has the ‘right-of-way’, and other determining factors that may affect street traffic. If you have any questions regarding bicycle accident law, contact West Coast Trial Lawyers today. 

According to California Vehicle Code 21206, “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.”  Irvine Laws for sidewalk riding

Traffic Laws For Bicyclists 

Typically speaking, a bicyclist has to follow the same rules of the road as motor vehicles. However, Irvine bicyclists are required to follow further rules regarding bike lanes and signaling. Cyclists are also required to wear a helmet that is up to California’s safety standards.

 Rules for Irvine bicyclists include:

  • The cyclist must yield to pedestrians, offering them the right-of-way when entering a bikeway, bike path, or trail. (Sec. 4-7-207, City Code)   
  • Cyclists riding in a bike lane must use the appropriate hand signals when exiting the path and can only do so when it is deemed safe and reasonable. (Sec. 4-7-208(b), City Code)
  • Riding your bike on the sidewalk is allowed unless there are signs prohibiting the action. (Sec. 4-7-210(a), City Code).
  • It is prohibited for cyclists to ride their bikes on the playground, in a park, or school that is not designed to be a bike path or route. (Sec. 4-7-210(c), City Code). 

Bike Lane Rules 

In the City of Irvine, a cyclist who is riding on the roadway under the normal speed of traffic is required to move as close as reasonably possible to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. An exception to this rule is only allowed if:   

  • The cyclist is passing another vehicle or bicycle. 
  • The cyclist is making a left turn at an intersection or into a driveway. 
  • The cyclist is avoiding hazardous conditions, such as roadblocks, potholes, or construction areas.  

Business Districts In Orange County 

Mike King of the Orange Police Departments enforces the Orange Municipal Code 10.10.19 which states: “No person shall ride a bicycle on any sidewalk in a business district unless it is officially designed as a bicycle route.”    

The City of Irvine, as well as Orange County, follows California Vehicle Code Section 240 regarding how it defines “business districts”. California Vehicle Code Section C defines business districts as, “All churches, apartments, hotels, multiple dwelling houses, clubs, and public buildings, other than schools, shall be deemed to be business structures.”   

Orange County business districts include:

  • Health Corridor. This is Orange County’s largest hub of medical facilities, including the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
  • Industrial Area. Orange County’s collection of warehouses and manufacturers. 
  • Old Towne Orange. Old Towne Orange contains a myriad of cultural hotspots, such as antique shops, fine dining restaurants and historic buildings. 
  • Uptown Orange. Uptown Orange features a combination of offices, hotels, commercial businesses, restaurants and the Orange outlet mall. 
  • West Katella Promenade. The West Katella Promenade is found east of the Honda Center and Angel Stadium. This center of activity showcases movie theatres, fine dining areas and the Stadium of Promenade Center.     

West Coast Trial Lawyers Can Help

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If you have sustained injuries in the city of Irvine or surrounding areas as a result of a bicycle or other types 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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