Bicycles should stop for lights and follow traffic rules. And pedestrians should also avoid jaywalking
There is even one busy street that I will get off the bicycle and cross with the WALK light (for pedestrians) just because people will make left turns.
Stop signs are another issue -- for if I come to a stop on a bicycle, I will block traffic with the time it takes me to get to a reasonable speed.
I do cheat on stop signs (4 way stops) as I am going so slowly.
In the 1970's (in Orange County, California), I needed to get across 6 lanes of traffic and two sets of double yellow lines.
An Irvine Policeman cited me for that as a moving violation.
In some places, the police will cite bicycles.
In this city, the police will warn bicycles not to ride on the sidewalks downtown, and force them to ride in the streets.
A general rule ANYWHERE is that it is against the law for bicycles to ride on the sidewalk.
However, I do that for the sake of safety on some very busy roads
Thank you for the reply. It may seem strange to ask such a question, but I see bike riders do all sorts of things like that (breaking the traffic laws), and I think it puts them in peril’s way. I wonder why they want to put themselves in jeopardy like that, and lately I wonder if it’s intentional to score a big payday in today’s litigious society.
They will here. I stop at stop signs and follow the rules. Then again, I don't ride on busy streets. There are enough side roads around here that I can get my ride in most days without ever seeing a car on the same road I'm on.
Not here - it's encouraged. It still won't do you much good for folks exiting alleys and driveways. But it does keep you from getting run over from behind.