Same Road, Same Rules, Same Rights

The California Vehicle Code grants motorists and bicyclists the same rights and responsibilities on public streets–both are responsible for obeying the laws and rules of the road.


Red Means Stop at Traffic Signals and Stop Signs

Motorists and bicyclists must stop at red lights and stop signs, and yield at stop signs to those who arrive first.


Beware of the “Door Zone”

Motorists should take extra precaution when opening car doors into traffic to avoid collisions with oncoming bicyclists. And, bicyclists should allow at least five feet or more clearance while riding alongside parked cars to avoid the “Door Zone.”


Stay Focused and Avoid Distractions

With phones and technological devices there are more distractions for both drivers and cyclists than ever.  Whether you drive a car or ride a bike, it’s illegal to talk or text using a hand-held cell phone. Wearing headphones that cover both ears is illegal.


Give Bicyclists Three Feet or More When Passing

It is now a state law that motorist must give cyclists a minimum of 3 feet of space when passing. If there is not adequate space to pass, change lanes or wait until you can pass safely. See diagram for correct passing technique.


Take Care at Driveways and Intersections

Most crashes occur at intersections and driveways. So when pulling out of driveways, look both ways for bicyclists and pedestrians and take extra care when turning right at intersections.



Be Predictable and Use Hand Signals

Bicyclists are safest when their actions and behaviors are predictable to motorists and pedestrians. Bicyclists should follow the same rules as if they are driving a car, such as looking behind and using signals prior to making turns.


Be Visible Day and Night

Wear bright or contrasting clothing to be seen by motorists. By law, at night bicyclists must turn on a white headlight and use side and rear reflectors. A rear-facing red LED light is recommended.


Bike with the Flow of Traffic

By law, bicyclists must travel with the flow of traffic. Riding in the same direction of traffic helps bicyclists to be visible and predictable to motorists and pedestrians.


Wear a Helmet

Protect your most valuable asset by wearing a bike helmet. Children under 18 are required by state law to wear a helmet.




Always slow down, yield and give space to pedestrians who are crossing the street or walking on sidewalks or roadways.


These are only a few basic tips for bicycle safety. To get a full understanding of traffic laws and proper riding technique, it is recommended to attend a Bicycle Traffic Skills Course. Visit Oceanside Parks and Recreation to get information and register for their bicycle safety courses.