Speed. Right Of Way.
On the UC Berkeley campus, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all times, except where signage directs pedestrians to give the right of way to bikes.
Bicyclists are subject to the same rules of the road as motor vehicle drivers. There are even speed limits for bikes. Within 10 feet of a pedestrian, you can be fined for going faster than 5 mph. The maximum speed limit on roadways is 25 mph, except where posted otherwise. In driveways and parking lots it is 10 mph.
California Vehicle Code Laws
- You cannot ride a bicycle while wearing headphones.
- You must have a headlight that illuminates the path when riding at night.
UCPD Riding Guidelines
A headlight for night riding use is required by law. A red rear reflector, two side reflectors on each wheel and reflector pedals should be used. Light-colored, reflective clothing is also a good idea.
- Always ride with traffic.
- Signal your turns and moves.
- Ride in a straight line.
- Ride as far to the right as possible.
- If there is a bike lane, use it.
- Wear a bicycle helmet.
In general, be visible, ride predictably, and communicate with motorists by your actions and signals.
EXTRA CREDIT: To avoid unpredictable collisions, it's nice to let pedestrians know you're approaching and which side you'll pass them on: i.e. call out a hearty, "On your left!" so that you're sure you are heard.
Read more guidelines in Share the Road