No Rocket Surgeon
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Corona and S. El Monte, CA
Bikes: Cannondale D600, Dahon Speed T7
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In CA, when you are backing up you do not have the right of way.
...and many times, those moving with the right of way through the parking lot may be moving way too fast.
When riding or walking through a parking lot, it's a good idea to look for backup lights or brake lights. Or, any sign the engine is turned on. At least you have an idea of what the vehicle may do.
My vehicle doesn't have the best rear visibility, and I'm hyper-careful and slow when I back out of a parking space. But I can't look in all directions at once. Many people can't wait, and run, ride, drive, or skateboard behind me while I'm trying to back out.
Fewer Cars, more handlebars!