If you ever visit the City of Angels, then you will see that cars dominate the landscape. Nonetheless, even with so many freeways and vehicles on the road, it can still be a wonderful place to ride a bicycle, provided that you know what you’re doing. As such, today we’re going to discuss the ins and outs of riding in LA, so get your hybrid road bikes geared up and let’s go!
LA is More Than Just One City
One frustrating thing about the Southland is that you can travel in between half a dozen cities during your ride, depending on where you are and how far you go. This means that you are governed by each local municipality, which all have particular rules regarding bicyclists.
As a general rule, bikes are allowed the same rights as a car, so you can ride in the street without getting hassled. However, the main difference between these cities is how they handle sidewalk riding, as well as weaving through traffic.
Overall, if you ride in a particular area often enough then you should familiarize yourself with the local statutes for bike riders, but if you are passing through then err on the side of caution and stick to the asphalt.
Helmets are Not Required but Recommended
If you’re over 18, then you don’t have to wear a helmet, but considering how many rough surfaces you are riding on, as well as the amount of motorists you will encounter, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. This applies to any city riding, but especially in the city where cars are king.
Danger can come from anywhere, particularly when riding on the streets of LA. It is illegal to wear headphones or earbuds while you ride, but we don’t recommend it anyway because you might not be able to hear a car coming toward you. A great rule to follow is to assume that no one sees you. This way, you will be more defensive, and therefore safer.
In the end, biking in LA can be a fun and exciting experience, especially if you take your 3 speed beach cruiser bike to the sand and surf. As long as you are careful on the road, you should have a fantastic time.