Sharing the road
Below are some tips on how bicyclist can share the road with others.
Obey all traffic regulations
Riding predictably and following the law are the keys to safe bicycling. Knowing and following the rules helps all road users properly anticipate and react to each other.
When riding on a sidewalk
By law, bicyclists in Orange County must not ride on the sidewalk with a willful disregard for safety. Pedestrians have the right of way on walkways. If you must ride on sidewalks, please do so at a walking pace. Slow down and look very carefully for traffic at driveways or intersections.
Ride in a straight line
Avoid weaving between parked cars. Ride in a straight line at least 4 feet away from parked cars to avoid opening and opened car doors.
When necessary, use the entire lane
Move toward the center when the lane is too narrow for motorists to pass safely or when you are moving at the same speed as traffic.
To cross an intersection, use the lane farthest to the right in your direction of travel
Follow lane markings to cross an intersection. If you can't turn left, ride across the street to the other side and align your bike with traffic.
Avoid the "door zone"
This is the 3 to 4 feet along the left side of a parked car where an opening door can hit and seriously injure a bicyclist. STAY OUT OF IT!
Use bicycle lanes, when available
When riding in a bike lane, ride to the left side of the lane, at least 3 to 4 feet from parked cars.
Look for a driver inside parked cars before passing
If you can't see inside or you see a driver inside, move outside the "Door Zone," or slow down and pass carefully.
Watch behind you
Keep track of and listen for traffic behind you. A mirror may help you see traffic behind you as you pedal forward.