#RoadRights Situation 3 – Cyclist merging out of a bike lane.

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The Question:
The video to the left shows you driving down a 20 mph two-lane residential road. You see a bicyclist riding in the bike lane. Up ahead, a vehicle parked in the bike lane. The bicyclist signals they are going to merge into your lane. What should you do?

The Answer: Slow down and let the bicyclist merge into the lane ahead of you.

As the bicyclist is ahead of you, they have the right-of-way and may “take the lane” to avoid dangerous situations. Once the bicyclist passes the obstacle and returns to the bike lane, you may proceed. Keep a minimum of three feet away from the rider as you pass, and do not speed up, but pass the bicyclists at the posted speed limit.

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