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    Is it illegal to ride my bike in CA with no lights? Someone told me as long as i stay on the SIDEWALK I will be okay. True?

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    It is illegal to ride at night without lights in CA, I got a ticket for riding without a light. I don't think riding on most sidewalks is legal at anytime.

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    you can ride in the daytime without a headlight.

    (is this a troll post?)
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    you can ride in the daytime without a headlight.

    (is this a troll post?)
    Well, many cities have laws against riding on the sidewalk, but there is no state law. So I wouldn't go blasting down a sidewalk in an urban area not expecting to get an earful from the local authorities.

    Yeah, troll post.

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    I`d guess EBr is right about the lights and the sidewalks.

    Give the guy a break- I don`t think he`s trolling.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyBoy1
    Is it illegal to ride my bike in CA with no lights? Someone told me as long as i stay on the SIDEWALK I will be okay. True?

    False (assuming we're talking during darkness here). Here's your state law:

    (d) A bicycle operated during darkness upon a highway, a sidewalk where bicycle operation is not prohibited by the local jurisdiction, or a bikeway, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, shall be equipped with all of the following:

    (1) A lamp emitting a white light that, while the bicycle is in motion, illuminates the highway, sidewalk, or bikeway in front of the bicyclist and is visible from a distance of 300 feet in front and from the sides of the bicycle.

    (2) A red reflector on the rear that shall be visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle.

    (3) A white or yellow reflector on each pedal, shoe, or ankle visible from the front and rear of the bicycle from a distance of 200 feet.

    (4) A white or yellow reflector on each side forward of the center of the bicycle, and a white or red reflector on each side to the rear of the center of the bicycle, except that bicycles that are equipped with reflectorized tires on the front and the rear need not be equipped with these side reflectors.

    (e) A lamp or lamp combination, emitting a white light, attached to the operator and visible from a distance of 300 feet in front and from the sides of the bicycle, may be used in lieu of the lamp required by paragraph (1) of subdivision (d).
    --from http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21201.htm

    So whther you're on a highway, a MUP, or on a sidewalk that you're allowed to ride on, you need all of the listed visibility stuffs so people can see you and safely co-exist with you. Makes sense.

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    Damn, thanks guys, I took them all off for the mountains, but now i catch myself riding late at night on the streets... LOL troll question.. pfft
    Thanks

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