Bike Route Classifications
Class 1 Bike Path – Physically separated from motorized traffic by an open space barrier. Cyclists are not required to use bicycle paths but are encouraged to do so when they are available.
Class 2 Bike Lane – A portion of roadway that has been designated by striping, signing, and pavement markings for the preferential or exclusive use of bicyclists. If a usable bicycle lane is provided, cyclists should use it.
Class 3 Bike Route – A segment of a system of bikeways designated by the jurisdiction having authority with appropriate directional and informational markers.
Requirements for Bicyclists
Most bicyclists ride on the road. It is extremely important that both bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers understand the rules that make for safe use of the road.
Section 21200 of the California Vehicle Code (CVC) states:
“Every person riding a bicycle upon a highway has all of the rights and is subject to all of the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle…”
All bicyclists are required to:
- Obey all traffic signals and signs. Failure to stop or yield is a leading cause of car-bike collisions.
- Ride on the right, with the flow of traffic. Riding against traffic is another leading cause of car-bike collisions and is against the law.
- Use hand signals to warn of upcoming turns, lane changes, slowing, and stopping. A car has turn signals and brake lights to indicate a change in direction or speed, but a bicycle does not.
- Bicyclists riding upon a roadway should not ride more than two abreast. If a bicyclist is being overtaken by another vehicle, they should ride single-file.
- When riding at night, both a white front light and a red rear reflector are required. It is also a good idea to wear white or reflective clothing at night, and bright colors during the day.
- Wear a helmet. Any person under the age of 18 is required to wear an approved helmet. Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of injury or death in an accident, and every cyclist, regardless of age, should wear an approved bicycle helmet.
10.48.020 License–Required. It is unlawful for any resident of the city to operate any bicycle on any street, road, highway or other public property within the jurisdiction of the city unless such bicycle is licensed in accordance with this chapter.
Licenses can be purchased at City of Waterford, 101 E Street for a $5.00 fee.
For More Information…
If you are interested in more information regarding bicycle safety and regulations please feel free to take a look at the following websites:
Stanislaus Council of Governments
Stanislaus County Bicycle Club
California Bicycle Coalition
California Bike Commute
California Association of Bicycling Organizations