Posted by marilynch
Bicycling on Sidewalks: Misconceptions and Advisories. Also: Crosswalks, and “What Pedestrians and Bicyclists Want Each Other to Know”
“Get off the sidewalk!” then “Get on the sidewalk!” People who bike hear both. Is it legal to bike on sidewalks? Safe? And what about crosswalks?
Below, take 6 steps to better understanding—for people who bike, and for those who walk and drive too.
Short link to this post: http://bit.ly/SidewalkBike
Coming off a sidewalk into a roadway requires extra caution!
Step 1. Listen to a 90-second audio about biking on sidewalks.
Step 2. Read the related article about biking on sidewalks in Salinas and elsewhere.
Click here for “Bicycling on sidewalks: misconceptions and advisories,” by Frank Henderson and Mari Lynch (Salinas Californian, Oct 15, 2014, pg 2).
The 10/15/14 Californian story points out that California law leaves biking on sidewalks up to local jurisdictions. Here’s the Salinas sidewalk ordinance referred to in that story.
Besides the fact that at driveways and intersections, drivers typically are not expecting a bicyclist coming off a sidewalk, people on sidewalks or entering crosswalks are often hidden from view by cars.
Step 3. Learn what the local ordinances are where you ride.
As highlighted in Bicycling Monterey’s “Local ordinances” post, regulations about bicycles on sidewalks vary around Monterey County, as is true for other California counties too. Learn what the local ordinances are for Carmel, Del Rey Oaks, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Sand City, Seaside, and Soledad, and for unincorporated Monterey County. How? Refer to “Bicycling Monterey’s “Riding Skills, Safety, and CA Bike Laws—for Children, Teens, and Adults”section (short link is http://bit.ly/CABikeLaws).
For outside Monterey County, learn about local ordinances by contacting local police departments or local sheriff’s office, or your local city manager’s office or a county supervisor.
For a related post, see “Confusion abounds: Biking on sidewalks, in Carmel and elsewhere in Monterey County” (short link: https://bit.ly/CarmelConfusion).
Step 4. Learn about crosswalk laws and safety
Whether biking or skateboarding, if you are on wheels—unless you’re in a wheelchair—you do not have pedestrian status. Hop off and walk your bike, or carry your skateboard, whenever you want the rights of pedestrians, such as traveling through a crosswalk.
Coming off a sidewalk into a roadway requires extra caution, as one Monterey County dad was sadly reminded. Questions? Contact Mari.
For more on this topic, see “Is the Crosswalk a Safe Way for a Bicycle Rider to Cross the Street?” on the Bike Walk Alameda website. Also see http://bit.ly/CABikeLaws at Bicycling Monterey.
Step 5. Play nice! Share sidewalks and crosswalks
Bike polite, and with a mindfulness about the safety of others as well as your own safety. “Share the sidewalk” and “share the crosswalk” education is needed for people who bike or walk, just as “share the road” education is needed for people who bike or drive. It’s a matter of both courtesy and safety.
Richard Masoner shared in his Cyclelicious blog on 6/2/16, “What Pedestrians and Bicyclists Want Each Other to Know,” the work of Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Elderly and Disabled Transportation Advisory Committee. Please take time to read that valuable brochure shared in Rich’s post.
Step 6. Watch for signs on private property, such as shopping centers, and on property other than public streets, such as the Monterey Peninsula College campus (pictured below).
For a related post, see “Where the plazas are in the City of Monterey.”
As alerted in the info shared above, watch for “no bicycling on sidewalks” signs on public property too. For example, in the City of Monterey, there are such signs on Calle Principal (pictured directly below)…
and Alvarado Street (pictured below).
And in the City of Salinas, watch for such signs too, e.g., on Main Street in Old Town.
Top photo in this post and all photos below were taken in Salinas, California. Bottom photo courtesy of Ron Dillender. All other photos by Mari Lynch.
Bottom photo of Monterey Park Elementary School Cycling Club, South Salinas, courtesy of former principal Ron Dillender. All other photos by Mari Lynch.
Beyond bikes on sidewalks in Salinas, you may also be interested in other Bicycling Monterey resources and stories about Salinas. Here’s a sampling:
- What to Do in Salinas, the Monterey County Seat (long web page of Salinas tips!)
- KUSP: Bikes are taking to the streets–and it’s not where you might expect
- KUSP Playlist: Bike scene in Monterey County
- Vacation, staycation: Sixteen sweet spots in the Monterey County seat
- Ciclovia Salinas
- Open Streets and Equity: Ciclovia Salinas at the National Open Streets Summit
- Ciclovia Salinas Summer Youth Internships
- The Alisal / East Salinas: Pleasures, Protests, and Promise
- Downtown Salinas Church Asks: What would happen if we changed the ways we moved around?
- Salinas Youth Leading the Way in Monterey County Bike Community Firsts
- Campfires and Flat Tires: Warwick Sisters on Keeping Up with Dad
- Miguél Angel Frias, 1st Salinas Youth Poet Laureate
- SPC Vilmar Gilarza Hernandez
- In memory of Santiago Ramirez
- Remembering Kyle Beardshear
- Shawn Carden, BMX Racer
- Spinning Spokes and Telling Jokes: Fixed Riding in the 831
- Salinas Bike Scene: Something for everyone
- Bike Salinas: Where are street improvements needed?
- Bike to School: In Monterey County and elsewhere
- Monterey Park Cycling: For South Salinas kids, “Your community is your classroom,” and you get to class by bike!
- Little Bellas at Toro Park, Salinas
- Salinas Youth and Others for Bikes: Bikes Make Life Better
- Salinas 10-Mile Family Bike Ride for a Better Community
- Biking between Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula
- Keeping the Local Bike Scene Cool: It’s a multi-pronged effort – and Happy Bike Month from Salinas PD
- Salinas PAL Bicycle Safety Rodeo
- Salinas Criterium
- Salinas High School Cowboy Racing Mountain Bike Team
- Awesome Bike Coaches of Monterey County
- California High School Mountain Biking State Championships
- Excelente! Bike advocacy wins 6 of 10 excellence awards
- California Rodeo Kiddie Capers Parade
- Salinas Bike Party: A Courteous Social Bike Run
- Salinas Burrito Bike Rides: When car culture meets bike culture, fun ensues! – Organized by Deadend Magazine