Whether or not bicycles are defined as vehicles is irrelevant to any discussion of operating rules, because giving cyclists the rights and duties of drivers of vehicles covers the issue. We in California consciously decided not to ask for a change in definition, because that would cause a very large number of problems elsewhere in the Vehicle Code, which might never be corrected or, very likely, would be corrected to harm cyclists.Originally Posted by chipcom
California's proposed bikeway system and its proposed mandatory side path and mandatory bike lane laws caused the creation of cyclist activism in this nation. We managed to throw out the most dangerous bikeway designs, to reject the mandatory side path law, and to water down the mandatory bike lane and side of the road laws so as to eliminate most of the items in which they conflicted with the rules of the road for drivers of vehicles. Not too bad. If we had not done these things, cyclists would be having a much harder time today.