Christine asked: In Pinellas County I was traveling in my car North on Seminole Blvd and came to a red light on 102nd Ave and Seminole Blvd. As I approached the red light I stopped behind the white line and then inched forward to turn a right onto 102nd going east. I waited there for traffic to clear so I can turn right. As I was waiting I saw a bicyclist on the other side of the street riding east on 102nd. He came riding straight towards me (He is on the crosswalk at this time) and stopped right at my window. I rolled down my window and asked him what was wrong because he just sat there and looked at me. He was yelling at me that I was supposed to stay behind the white line and not on the crosswalk. I tried to tell him I did and that he was not supposed to be crossing because his pedestrian crossing signal light was red.
Did I break some law that I didn’t know about?
Angry cyclists. Angry motorists. Simple problems turn into confrontations and make things ugly and sometimes dangerous. Too bad we can’t all just try to accommodate others’ mistakes and understand when those mistakes are our own.
If the cyclist was on the sidewalk or crosswalk and his pedestrian crossing signal was red (Do not walk), he was not “proceeding as directed”, so it appears that your actions were correct and the cyclist was violating the statute requiring pedestrians (Or bicyclists on sidewalks and crosswalks having the rights and duties of pedestrians) to obey pedestrian traffic control signals. If a “Walk” pedestrian signal or a green signal and no “Do not walk” pedestrian signal was showing in his direction, you would be required to stop and yield before entering the crosswalk area to turn.
s. 316.075 – Traffic Control Signal Devices
(c) Steady red indication
1. Vehicular traffic facing a steady red signal shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection and shall remain standing until a green indication is shown; however:
a. The driver of a vehicle which is stopped at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or, if none then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection in obedience to a steady red signal may make a right turn, but shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection …..
If the cyclist had been in the roadway and not using the sidewalk and crosswalk, and his signal was green, he would have had the right of way.
Local authorities may post signs that prohibit right turn on red. If such a sign were in place, you were not correct in turning right on red. The cyclist would still be in violation if not obeying a pedestrian signal.
See the other posts about this subject in the tag cloud for “Crosswalks” and “Sidewalks”.