Bicyclists have to follow the same rules of the road as motorists. This includes stopping at stop signs, no riding under the influence, no covering both ears with headphones or headsets. In Los Angeles, there has been a drastic increase in the amount of bike lanes that are being integrated into streets. The rules for these lanes include being required to ride in the lanes unless you are preparing for a left turn, motorized bikes may not be used in bike paths, and bicycle lanes must be used if there is one. Other laws include that children under 18 may not ride a bicycle without a helmet and cars must leave a three foot buffer between a motorist and the bicyclist. Bicycles must be ridden on the same side of traffic and in Los Angeles you can only ride on the sidewalk if you are not disregarding the safety of other people and/or property.
Getting insurance for your bicycle is not as expensive as one might think and is not only for professional cyclists. Bicycle insurance can cover accidental damage, crash damage, theft, transit, rental reimbursement, liability, medical payments, vehicle contact protection and much more. Homeowners insurance does not cover a lot of what bicycle insurance covers. Insurance for your bicycle can be as little as $100 a year, but usually ranges between $250 and $300. Riding bicycles is becoming more popular, but the more you ride the more you precocious you should be by making sure that you are covered if anything were to occur.