According to data from the San Diego Police Department, 526 citations were issued between January 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016 to bicyclists who failed to stop or yield properly. The recent release of this data stirred a debate between motorists and cyclists about proper biking and driving etiquette.
In every state, bicycles are classified as vehicles and are subject to all the rules of the road that motor vehicles follow. (CVC 21200) Meaning cyclists are not exempt from texting while biking, using earplugs or headphones while biking, and of course not riding on the wrong side of the street.
Due to the city’s recent efforts to encourage bicycle commuters, those 526 citations amounted to 28% of the 1,625 tickets given to bicyclists during that time. To help avoid citations, here are some tips:
- Make sure to use hand signals when properly needed
- Always wear a helmet
- Do not ride while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Use two hands at all times
- Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at all times
- Do not bike on the sidewalk
- Obey all traffic devices and signs
These tips will also help you avoid the chance of being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle or a pedestrian. Bicyclists involved in accidents can suffer severe and sometimes catastrophic injuries. When a bicycle accident occurs, it’s good to know where to turn for help. To schedule an absolutely free, confidential, no obligation consultation, call us at (800) 333-0000 or submit a case form online. If we don’t get you any money, we won’t charge you a dime!®