Cupertino, California: My grandson recieved a ticket for violation of California Vehicle Code 21650.1. The code section states that bicycles driven on a roadway shall be operated in the same direction as vehicles are required to be driven upon the roadway.
My grandson was actually on the sidewalk, not on the street. I talked to the sargent at the sheriff's office, and he said that the sidewalk is part of the roadway, and it is legal to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk, but it must be going in the same direction as vehicular traffic on that side of the road.
I checked definitions, and a roadway is that portion of a street or highway that is designated for vehicular traffic. It doesn't seem to me that a sidewalk is part of the roadway.
Does anyone here have any experience in this area? Is a sidewalk part of the roadway? Do I have a good argument to take this to court?