Did Sausalito Install Bicycle Signs That Contradict the California Vehicle Code?

The answer is no. But check out this issue over at the StreetsBlog SF, where advocacy meets journalism, and decide for yourself.

Now, did Sausalito install signs that advance someone’s interpretation of the California Vehicle Code?

Yes, yes it did.

The view from the bike path on the main drag of tiny Sausalito right outside all the ice cream shops downtown. (Nature is never too far away in Marin, even in the cities)

 

Now, is it illegal for Sausalito to put up fishy-looking signs wherever it wants? No se, don’t know.
 
(People put up official-looking signs all over in San Francisco, check out Sixth and Market for some examples if you want. Mostly, these signs get ignored, mostly.)

Now, if I had to sum up CVC 21202 in four words, it’d be, “Bikes to the right.” Of course there are exceptions to this rule, check it:

21202

(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:

(1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.

(2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

(3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

(4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.

(b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway, which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or more marked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of that roadway as practicable.

Amended Sec. 4, Ch. 674, Stats. 1996. Effective January 1, 1997.”
 
You don’t need to be a lawyer to have an opinion on this relatively simple issue. (Of course there are other code sections that can be contradictory – the CVC can be kind of a mess, but oh well.)
 
Anyway, the Powers That Be are looking into all the new Single File In Bike Lane signs up north – let’s look forward to another report about how this develops.
 
Stay safe!

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2 Responses to “Did Sausalito Install Bicycle Signs That Contradict the California Vehicle Code?”

  1. Burgos says:

    No sé; accent over the [e].

    “Now, is it illegal for Sausalito to put up fishy-looking signs wherever it wants? No se, don’t know.”

  2. sfcitizen says:

    All right, but little accent marks like that seem to upet WordPress sometimes….