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Bike injuries can throw you off your game.
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LA bicycle laws help riders navigate the streets safely

Cruising through the bustling streets of Los Angeles on a bicycle provides an efficient and enjoyable mode of transportation. However, the lack of protective barriers exposes cyclists to a significant risk of severe injury in car accidents, given the absence of a metal vehicle frame.

Adhering to various bicycle laws becomes imperative to protect riders from potential dangers.

Cars vs. Bicycles

Collisions between cars and cyclists can result in catastrophic outcomes. At 20 mph, 90% of cyclists survive such incidents, but at 40 mph, only 20% survive. Lawmakers aim to shield cyclists from these risks through established bicycle laws.

There were 125 bicyclist fatalities in California in 2021. Los Angeles County saw 26 cyclist deaths in 2022.

Stay to the right

Riding on the right side of the road aligns with traffic flow. This aids in preventing accidents and ensuring visibility to motorists.

Use hand signals

Always signal intentions with hand gestures before turning. A left arm straight out indicates a left turn, while a left arm bent at the elbow pointing upwards signals a right turn. Making these signals in advance allows others to react accordingly.

Wear a helmet

Beyond being a wise safety measure, wearing a helmet is a legal requirement in Los Angeles. Whether leisurely cruising or navigating busy intersections, strapping on a helmet is a must for riders of all ages.

Avoid sidewalk riding

Riding on sidewalks is illegal unless explicitly allowed by local ordinances. Sticking to designated bike lanes or the rightmost part of the road fosters a safer environment for both pedestrians and cyclists.

Lights and reflectors

When cycling at night, you must have a white front light and a red rear reflector or light. These aids enhance your visibility to others, reducing the risk of accidents during low-light conditions.

Follow traffic rules

Cyclists must obey traffic signals and signs, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and yielding to pedestrians. Adhering to road rules helps maintain order and safety on the streets.

No hitching rides

Strictly prohibited in Los Angeles, hitching rides by holding onto moving vehicles poses a danger to cyclists and others on the road.

Prioritizing safety and adhering to road rules ensures a smooth and enjoyable journey for cyclists in Los Angeles.

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