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Bicycles Must:

  • Have a brake which can make at least one wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
  • Have handlebars which are not so high that the rider must raise his hands higher than the level of his shoulder to field the steering grips.
  • "Fit the rider"; that is, it must not be so large that the rider cannot stop it, support it while stopped with at least one foot on the ground and start it again safely.
  • When it is dark, have a white light either on the rider or the bicycle shining in front of the bike and visible from 300 feet in front and from the sides, have a red reflector on the rear visible from 500 feet when in front of a vehicle’s high beam headlights, have a white or yellow reflector on each pedal visible for 200 feet from the front and rear; and have a white or yellow reflector on each side near the front, and a white or red reflector on each side near the rear. If the bike has reflectorized tires on the front and rear, it does not have to have the side reflectors.

Motor Vehicles and Bicycles
Any self-propelled vehicle, including motor scooters, motor bikes, and homemade cars, etc. must be licensed, by the California State Department of Motor Vehicles. Parents or other persons may sign an application for minors to drive, but they must accept financial liability also. They may be released from this liability by requesting the cancellation of the license of the minor by the California State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Last updated: 9/10/2009 11:09:25 AM