#RoadRights Situation 15 – Cyclist on the Sidewalk

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Play along! Did you guess correctly?

The answer: No, the people walking have the right of way and there is not enough room for the cyclist to pass at the moment.

Cyclists may and do ride on the sidewalk in many places, however, while riding on any sidewalk they should behave like a pedestrian, especially when others are using the sidewalk. This means moving slowly as if they were walking or dismounting and walk their bike if they cannot ride slowly. Cyclists should never crowd others walking on a sidewalk and only pass when they can do so safely and comfortably for anyone walking, meaning plenty of room to pass. Once it is safe to pass the cyclist should alert walkers as they approach, letting them know they intend to pass.

1 Comment

Lisa Brady · May 25, 2021 at 1:57 pm

Heyo, you cited the law perfectly in the answer, yet… With what’s missing here, what’s coming toward the cyclist and pedestrians, and with what is specified in the actual question regarding a wide sidewalk, you still say it’s wrong to pass with a warning. It’s not wrong when there is room to pass.

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