Give and Go Law

2016 Ushered in a new, old, law for bicyclists. The law was on the books, this implementation just clarifies that it does apply to bicyclists as well as every other road user.

The graphic below does not mention the law is specific to two-lane highways. Here is the specific text of AB208:


Section 21656 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:


On a two-lane highway where passing is unsafe because of traffic in the opposite direction or other conditions, any vehicle proceeding upon the highway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time, behind which five or more vehicles are formed in line, shall turn off the roadway at the nearest place designated as a turnout by signs erected by the authority having jurisdiction over the highway, or wherever sufficient area for a safe turnout exists, in order to permit the vehicles following it to proceed.


From the California Bicycle Coalition:

“We were happy with the bill’s making explicit that requirement existed for bicycle riders, in case they didn’t know it. But we felt that it was already pretty clear that the laws applied to bikes,” said Dave Snyder, executive director of the California Bicycle Coalition. “I think that most bicyclists most of the time are, you know, respectful and obedient just like most motorists most of the time are.”

Snyder said the real problem isn’t bicyclists but roadways that make it hard for them to co-exist with drivers.

“I think the frustration comes when the roadway is poorly designed and it forces a bike rider in the way of a motorist,” he said. “And what motorists don’t realize is that bicyclists don’t get in your way to give you a problem. We don’t want to be in your way. If we’re in your way, it’s because we have to be for safety reasons, and we would much rather have our own lane. … I think that the more we have separate facilities for people to ride bikes, the easier it would be for us to share the road on the streets where we don’t.”

It’s About Space


Can you imagine the amount of space needed if these single occupant vehicles were cars? What about the parking structures, concrete and asphalt needed? How much further would the drivers have to walk to get to their destination? How much water would be not be captured and returned to the aquifer?

Read the story here.