Bicyclists and pedestrians can ride on the bike lanes, but not on the road.
That means motorists can’t drive right through a bike lane and pass on the side of the road, even if the driver isn’t trying to do anything wrong.
That’s the gist of a new policy that is now the subject of a federal lawsuit that could make it harder for drivers to pass bicyclists.
The lawsuit was filed in January by the American Civil Liberties Union of California, the California Bicycle Coalition and the American Council for a Better Environment.
It argues that the federal government is failing to protect cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.
“This lawsuit is about what we think is the most effective way to help protect cyclists and pedestrians on our roads,” said Emily M. Goss, an attorney for the ACLU of California.
“If you pass a cyclist and then hit a pedestrian in a bike or pedestrian lane, it could make you liable for the collision.”
The California case follows a similar lawsuit by the California Coalition for Safe Streets, which says that the new law does not protect pedestrians.
California’s new law, approved in May, allows people to ride on sidewalks and on the shoulder, with certain exceptions.
The law allows bicyclists to ride in any place where a bicycle is not required to have a shoulder.
Bicyclist complaints about drivers who don’t obey the law can be filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
In the meantime, bicyclists and their advocates have lobbied for a statewide policy that would allow cyclists to ride wherever they want, in any situation.
The law’s backers argue that drivers who aren’t trying too hard to pass cyclists are ignoring the law.
According to the lawsuit, drivers in California often don’t see cyclists.
“[The law] creates an incentive for motorists to avoid overtaking cyclists,” the ACLU said in a statement.
“It makes it difficult for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists to navigate their paths safely and legally.”
A number of studies have shown that cyclists are at increased risk of injury on the roads when passing motor vehicles.
A study by the University of Minnesota found that cyclists were at higher risk of being struck by cars than motorists when traveling at speeds in excess of 50 mph.
Another study by California found that drivers were twice as likely to run a red light at intersections with bicyclists as motorists.