Cyclists must pull over when traffic backs up behind them

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have driven down and up the San Jose-Soquel road nearly daily for over 10 years from our fruit ranch on Skyland near Summit, either hauling fruit in a 2-1/2 ton Isuzu NPR stake side -- 12 feet wide, mirror-to-mirror -- or on other business driving a full size GMC pickup. The speed limit is 40 mph and that feels about right for this very twisty mountain road. I have never seen a bicycle moving this fast, so cars stack up behind the cyclists very quickly especially during commute hours. I have also never seen a bike rider pull over when there are five or more vehicles -- oftentimes 10 or more -- locked up behind them. Are cyclists required to pull over to permit traffic to pass when five or more are behind as are motor vehicles? Doug Crawford, Los Gatos A: Yes, bicyclists are to abide by the same laws as motor vehicles and this is one of them. When its safe and there is space to do so, riders are to pull over when traffic backs up behind them. Read the full text of the law -- California Vehicle Code Section 21656 -- on the DMV's website at dmv.ca.gov. NHTSA helps parents with child seats Parents can turn to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration for help finding the right child safety seat for their tike, as well as register it and more. To find a child seat that is the right fit for their child, parents can log on to http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/crs/index.htm and enter their child's weight, height and birth date. The website will then list child seats based on the agency's best practice recommendations. After parents buy their new child safety seat, they can register it with the manufacturer at http://www.safercar.gov/parents/Car-Seat-Recalls-Registration.htm. Doing so makes it easy for companies to contact parents about recalls. If parents have questions about child safety seat installation, they can turn to http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm to find a certified safety seat installer in their area. All this information and more is available in Spanish at http://www.safercar.gov/parents/protegidos/Car-Seat-Safety-spn.htm. Meanwhile, NHTSA also has a website aimed at keeping parents informed about children's transportation safety needs, from car seats to teen drivers, at http://www.safercar.gov/parents/index.htm. Parents can join the conversation about the above issues on social media at https://www.facebook.com/NHTSA, http://instagram.com/NHTSAgov and https://twitter.com/NHTSAgov.
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