Santa Barbara is a great city for bicycling thanks to its climate, miles of bicycle paths, and strict laws that protect bicyclists’ right to operate on local roadways. The city encourages bicycle riding in an effort to reduce future traffic and parking congestion. Fully enclosed parking facilities and “hitching posts” for bicycle parking are located in many areas throughout the city so that commuting to work and other places of business is easy for bicyclists.
Santa Barbara has been recognized as a city with a large population of bicycle commuters, something the city and its residents are proud of, but something that they are not proud of, however, is that the city also ranks highly in its number of bicycle accidents. Santa Barbara is working on implementing its bicycle master plan in an effort to make bicycling safer and also to enhance infrastructure that caters to bicyclists. Our Santa Barbara bicycle accident attorneys fully support the bicycle master plan because we represent too many bicycle accident victims who have sustained serious and life-changing injuries in accidents.
The state of California and Santa Barbara have bicycle laws to protect bicycle riders and reduce the number of bicycle accidents. See below for a brief overview of some laws that apply to bicycle riders in Santa Barbara.
E-bicycles have become very popular, especially for longer travels and commutes. E-bicycles are better for the environment than motor vehicles and most of them are permitted to be operated in accordance with the same rules for regular bicycles. There is one exception for class 3 e-bicycles which are high powered e-bicycles that are capable of going faster than other classes of e-bicycles. Class 3 e-bicycles are not permitted to be operated on bicycle paths in Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara is working to protect bicyclists and reduce the number of bicycle accidents, but unfortunately, accidents still happen all too often in Santa Barbara. If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s fault, contact a Santa Barbara bicycle accident attorney at The Compass Law Group, PC. Our attorneys are fully supportive of bicyclists’ rights on the road and we work to see that bicyclists are fully compensated for all of their accident injuries and damages.
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