This morning as I was crossing a 3-lane freeway exit with a stop sign (in other words, a BIG road) using the crosswalk, a driver ran the stop sign to cut me off, stopped in front of me, and yelled, "You're not supposed to ride in the crosswalk!!"
A quick search of the California Vehicle Code hasn't helped me determine whether or not I was breaking the law. (He obviously wasn't allowed to run a stop sign to "teach me a lesson", but that isn't the point. I want to know whether I was in the right or wrong in the eyes of the law).
- I had just passed under a freeway underpass where the street and (very wide) sidewalk are separated by a concrete barrier. I deem the underpass far too dangerous to go under in the street, so I ride on the sidewalk, dropping me right at the crosswalk. (I-80 at Gilman for those of you familiar with Berkeley).
- The crosswalk is right across from an entrance to the East Shore bike path in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I'm curious because I've always heard it's illegal to ride on the sidewalk, but I've never seen such a thing in the CVC; in fact, the only section I found on sidewalks is that vehicles on sidewalks must yield the right of way to pedestrians, which I do. My commute takes me one block along a major 4-lane road (so I ride on the sidewalk, since there isn't room for bikes in the lanes), and then later under the underpass (where again I ride on the sidewalk and use the crosswalk).