Can a bicycle be ridden on the sidewalk?

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Bicycles cannot be ridden on the sidewalk. The California Vehicle Code, 21200(a), states cyclists on public streets have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers and are subject to the same rules and regulations as any other vehicle on the road. This includes riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. A cyclist can receive a ticket for violating this section. More importantly, each year in California, over one hundred people are killed while riding their bicycles, and hundreds of thousands more are injured in bicycle collisions. In most instances, the cyclist is as fault. The keys to safe bicycling include being predictable, being visible, and communicating your intentions to motorists. Obeying the rules of the roadway helps ensure the safety of cyclists. When riding a bicycle on a sidewalk, drivers do not expect to see you. There have been serious accidents in Burlingame involving cyclists on sidewalks. For instance, on more than one occasion, a vehicle has backed out of a ... more
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