#RoadRights Situation 20

Published by Anna Marie on

Cyclist proceeds through a stop sign ahead of a driver already stopped.

Play along! Did you guess correctly?

ANSWER: 4. No, the driver was not turning.

Since the driver was also going straight and there was a safe amount of room to pull alongside the vehicle the cyclist was did not cut the driver off. This allowed the cyclist to use the Idaho Stop law and proceed through the intersection without a full stop as it was clear of other users. HOWEVER, if the driver’s right turn signal was on the cyclist should pull in behind the driver and let them go first because they were there first. Using a stop sign as a yield sign means cyclist must yield to other users with the right-of-way and right-of-way at stop signs is established by who is there first. Drivers need to use their signals at all times to indicate to other users their intentions.

1 Comment

Lisa Brady · June 30, 2021 at 1:23 am

Too many people are not using their turn signals. Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. This is a basic tenet that all League Cycling Instructors are taught. This is taking the right of way away from the person in the forward position. If there is a bike lane there, this would be different.

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