Chandler cyclists backed by law
To deal with a small but vocal group of residents, the Burbank City Council recently adopted a plan to place signs along the Chandler Bikeway advising bicyclists to yield the right of way to pedestrians in bicycle lanes (“City approves Chandler signs,” April 4). Is the city begging for a lawsuit? Perhaps — and here’s why.
The Chandler Bikeway is a California Class 1 Bikeway — mostly paid for with funds provided by the federal government and the state of California. Its development was regulated by California Streets and Highways Code Section 890 primarily for the benefit of bicycle commuters, not socializing pedestrians (in spite of what City Council members at the time may have thought or now think). If you don’t believe me, Google it. Like all state roads and highways, its use is regulated by the California Vehicle Code, which includes some very interesting provisions. Among them: