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    Los Angeles

    Hello!

    I've also posted this in touring, which I found before I got to this page.

    I will be in LA sometime in September/October, and have a week or so free to do some touring.

    i was thinking about riding up to San Francisco, but all I read says this is not so good (wind/views etc).

    So, any ideas - I need to end up at an international airport to fly home to England

    many thanks

    Mike

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    Your best bet might be to take Amtrak up to San Francisco and just return down the coast to LA. That way you avoid the winds and get the scenic side of the road. And can fly back from LAX.

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    Or rent a car one-way. I got lucky and caught a great deal to San Jose in October with no extra drop charges.

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    Or hit all the popular rides in the LA area. Take Amtrak north to Santa Barbara & ride back for a day-ride. But on different days, also hit: Baldy, Santa Monicas, GMR, Palm Springs, San Diego, etc...

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    thank you all. I will have a think and decide! (eventually!)

    in the meantime, reading other threads here, i see there are certain differences to cycling in California to the UK - for example rolling over a stop line at a junction could incur a fine (if seen!).
    I know helmets are not compulsory, I believe that overtaking a school bus is forbidden (when stopped?) but is there anywhere i can find an 'easy guide on do's and don't's' ??

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    Generally speaking, cyclists have to obey the normal rules of the road as if they were a motor vehicle. There are some add-ons for cyclists, like reflector requirements for night riding (that most of us probably don't meet anyway) and the requirement to ride as far right as possible when there is no bike lane. There are also roads where cyclists are prohibited, usually freeways and frankly, you don't want to ride there anyway (Pacific coast highway is a notable exception). Complicating things further is the fact that cities are allowed to tack on additional regulations that it's highly unlikely most of us would know about. Keep your eyes out for signs and use common sense and you'll probably be fine.

    So, with respect to your point about stop lines and passing school buses - those rules apply to cars, which is why they also apply to cyclists, and you won't find any handy list of dos and don'ts

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Complicating things further is the fact that cities are allowed to tack on additional regulations that it's highly unlikely most of us would know about. Keep your eyes out for signs and use common sense and you'll probably be fine.
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    Cities in California are generally *not* allowed to tack on additional regulations. They can prohibit sidewalk riding in business districts, and they can require their own residents to buy a bicycle license (with a very small maximum fine for violation), but they can't make their own traffic rules for bicycles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bitingduck View Post
    Cities in California are generally *not* allowed to tack on additional regulations. They can prohibit sidewalk riding in business districts, and they can require their own residents to buy a bicycle license (with a very small maximum fine for violation), but they can't make their own traffic rules for bicycles.
    That's exactly what I was thinking of actually.

    Are there any cities with licensing requirements? What an enforcement nightmare that would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Are there any cities with licensing requirements? What an enforcement nightmare that would be.
    There are quite a few cities and counties that require bike licenses. City of LA and unincorporated LA County don't require licenses. IIRC, the licenses are state licenses that the cities essentially resell to their residents. The state law that allows cities to require licenses specifically says that they can only require their own residents to license their bikes. I.e., back when the City of LA did require licenses, I could ride through without a license with impunity because I'm a resident of unincorporated LA County, not City of LA.

    The LA City requirement was dropped several years ago when police were using it punitively to harass midnight ridazz kids and handing out very large fines for unlicensed bikes, probably also with complete disregard to residency. At the same time, the city made it difficult to purchase licenses-- only available certain days at certain places, and they often ran out. The state bike license law also limits cities to a fine of $10 or so if you're required to have a bike license, but don't, and LA City was *way* out of bounds with their fine. LACBC, among others, worked to get it in front of the LA City council and got them to eliminate the license law.
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