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Don't Go Into the Bike Lane!
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by Surprised Resident, Crescent Park,
on Jan 22, 2009
I was driving my car on University Avenue, near the 1700 block, heading toward the downtown area, when I encountered a car making a left hand turn. I checked to make sure that there were no bicycles in the bike lane and then proceeded to go around the stopped vehicle. To my surprise, I was immediately pulled over by a Palo Alto Police Officer who summarily issued a citation for violating Vehicle Code section 21209. I have lived here in Palo Alto for many decades now and I have to say I am shocked that you cannot go around a stopped vehicle if it makes you go into the bike lane at all, even if there are no bikes in it at the time. My daughter is an avid biker and she was surprised at the ticket. Who knew?