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Is it Legal to Ride Your Bike on the Sidewalk in Los Angeles?

The Complicated Reality of Bicycle Sidewalk Laws in the Los Angeles Metro

The City of Los Angeles allows riders to use the sidewalk if they ride with regard "for the safety of persons or property."


But there are over 80 municipalities in LA county, and a single bike ride can easily include two or more.


Sidewalk cycling laws vary from city to city within LA county, and even within districts in a given municipality. For example:

    • The City of Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, and Pasadena permit riding your bicycle on the sidewalk. The County of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Palmdale forbid riding bicycles on the sidewalk completely.
    • In some areas, legality is restricted by age. For example, Hermosa Beach and Lancaster only allow cyclists under 14 on the sidewalk.
    • Still other municipalities, such as Hidden Hills & Palos Verdes Estates, have no laws or ordinances that deal directly with bicycles on sidewalks at all.

    Knowing the Law of the Land is your Responsibility

    With so many local ordinances, county laws, and city regulations it is important for a cyclist to know what she or he is up against. To help keep cyclists informed, we have created an interactive map of the sidewalk cycling laws throughout Los Angeles County.

    Bicycle on the Sidewalk - Laws in Los Angeles County

    Sidewalk Cycling:

    Allowed

    Not Allowed in Business Districts

    Not Allowed

    No Clear Language

    There are also numerous municipalities in Los Angeles County that allow people to ride bicycles on the sidewalk in certain circumstances, and not in others (such as in “business districts” and / or “commercial areas”.)

    What Defines a Business District?


    Generally, a business district is defined in the California Vehicle Code section 204 by the type of buildings that have access to the street in question, such as:

    • Churches
    • Apartments and other multiple dwelling houses
    • Hotels
    • Nightclubs
    • Public buildings (other than schools)

    However, municipalities are free to modify this definition or define business districts as they see fit.


    For instance, while Beverly Hills generally follows this way of designating a business district, Culver City includes the sidewalks around schools, rec centers, and playgrounds in what it designates as bicycle-free zones. Not near any of the specifically designated buildings in Culver City? Then you're free to ride your bicycle on the sidewalk—but only if you deliver “audible signal” to pedestrians you intend to pass and only pass them on the left.

    What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?

    Because the laws and regulations concerning riding your bicycle on the sidewalk in Los Angeles County are complicated, and the financial impact of being involved in a bicycle accident in LA (even if you're not 100% at fault) can be overwhelming, if you've been involved in an an accident, you may need the help of an experienced bicycle accident lawyer who focuses on bike accidents to help you navigate the financial recovery process and fight for a fair insurance settlement or take your case to court if need be.


    Get a FREE, no-risk evaluation of your case online NOW to see if we can help.

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    Agoura Hills
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 3206


    Alhambra
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.04.020


    Arcadia
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 3320


    Artesia
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 4.4.101


    Avalon
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    Azusa
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 74.83


    Baldwin Park
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    Bell
    Municipal code 10.12.050 (no clear language)


    Bell Gardens
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 13.04.030


    Bellflower
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 12.28.050


    Beverly Hills
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 5.5.8/5.6.801


    Bradbury
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    Burbank
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is allowed.
    Municipal code 6.1.2801A


    Calabasas
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    Carson
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 3244.2


    Cerritos
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.02.010


    Claremont
    Municipal code 10.36.030 (No clear language)


    Commerce
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is allowed.
    Municipal code 10.36.080/10.36.090


    Compton
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 7.24.2


    Covina
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 10.52.002


    Cudahy
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    Culver City
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 7.04.250


    Diamond Bar
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.12.050


    Downey
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 3142


    Duarte
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 11.04.010


    El Monte
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 10.28.030


    El Segundo
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 8.4.12


    Gardena
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.48.100


    Glendale
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 10.64.025


    Glendora
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is allowed.
    Municipal code 10.17.040


    Hawaiian Gardens
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is allowed.
    Municipal code 12.08.080


    Hawthorne
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.60.010


    Hermosa Beach
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 10.12.170


    Hidden Hills
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    Huntington Park
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 4.7.807.1


    City of Industry
    Municipal code 10.52.020 (No clear language)


    Inglewood
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 3.22


    Irwindale
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.52.090


    La Canada Flintridge
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 4.04.010


    La Habra Heights
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 4.14.20


    La Mirada
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is allowed.
    Municipal code 10.25.060


    La Puente
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    La Verne
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    Lakewood
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 3285


    Lancaster
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 10.04.090


    Lawndale
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.10.090


    Lomita
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 3.15.06/3.15.08


    Long Beach
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 10.48.070


    City of Los Angeles
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is allowed.
    Municipal code 56.15


    Los Angeles County
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 15.76.080


    Lynwood
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 3.3.7b


    Malibu
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.04.010


    Manhattan Beach
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 3.1.100


    Maywood
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    Monrovia
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 10.36.020


    Montebello
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.64.040


    Monterey Park
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.60.070


    Norwalk
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.04.010


    Palmdale
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.04.010


    Palos Verdes Estates
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    Paramount
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.

    Pasadena
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is allowed.
    Municipal code 10.60.140


    Pico Rivera
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.72.010


    Pomona
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is allowed.
    Municipal code 58.602


    Rancho Palos Verdes
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.04.010


    Redondo Beach
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is allowed.
    Municipal code 3.1.04


    Rolling Hills
    Municipal code (no sidewalks)


    Rolling Hills Estates
    Municipal code (no sidewalks)


    Rosemead
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.04.010


    San Dimas
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is allowed.
    Municipal code 10.18.020


    San Fernando
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 90-777


    San Gabriel
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 71.03


    San Marino
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is allowed.
    Municipal code 13.01.03


    Santa Clarita
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 12.96.010


    Santa Fe Springs
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 73.03


    Santa Monica
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 3.12.540


    Sierra Madre
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    Signal Hill
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    South El Monte

    (No municipal code)


    South Gate
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 8.10.020


    South Pasadena
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 7.12


    Temple City
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 3.3B.14


    Torrance
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed in business districts.
    Municipal code 62.1.4


    Vernon
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    Walnut
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 3.16.1


    West Covina
    Municipal code (no clear language)


    West Hollywood
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is allowed.
    Municipal code 15.53.010


    Westlake Village
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 3.2.005


    Whittier
    Bicycling on the sidewalk is not allowed.
    Municipal code 10.52.040)


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