New Road Rules for 2024

An aerial view of cars on a road, next to a green bike lane, and a pedestrian pathway.

New Road Rules for 2024

New rules in effect January 2024 whether you walk, bike, or drive

The following information was shared with the Mission Hills Parking Advisory Committee by SANDAG.

New Year, New Road Rules!

Whether you walk, bike, or drive, changes to road rules impact everyone’s safety. Learn about some recently enacted road rules in California.

As of January 1, 2024:

  • People biking can cross streets on the pedestrian WALK signals.
    • This ‘head start’ enables people biking to enter an intersection before cars, enhancing their safety and visibility.
  • Drivers may not park or stop a vehicle within 20 feet of the approach side of any marked or unmarked crosswalk (or within 15 feet of any crossing where a curb extension is present).
    • This boosts driver visibility of people walking and biking as they approach intersections.


As of January 1, 2023:

  • Drivers must change lanes when passing someone on a bike whenever feasible, just as they would if they were passing a car.
    • This helps reduce near misses and collisions with people biking.
  • Jaywalking is now legal.
    • People may cross a road at places other than intersections and crosswalks without penalty when it’s safe to do so.

 

More information: engage.sandag.org/saferstreets

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