Dismount When Crossing Roadway?
Leo asked: Must a person legally have to get off the bicycle and walk crossing the street or can he or she ride the bicycle across? Please give me the references if possible.
In order to be a legal requirement, there must be a statute, ordinance or regulation to that effect. There is no state statute requiring bicyclists to dismount while crossing a roadway.
When in the roadway, bicyclists, which are operating vehicles, must stop at stop signs and yield as required.
s. 316.123 – Vehicle Entering Stop or Yield Intersection
(2)(a) Except when directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic control signal, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop intersection indicated by a stop sign shall stop 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. After having stopped, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from another highway or which is approaching so closely on said highway as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when the driver is moving across or within the intersection.
When on a sidewalk and in a crosswalk, the wording in the statute that allows riding across the roadway is clear, “propelling a vehicle by human power …. across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk ….”.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(10) A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
The exception is that there may a local ordinance requiring cyclists to walk the bicycle in a crosswalk. I am aware of only one such regulation at a university. That only applies to bicyclists on the sidewalk and crossing the roadway within a crosswalk.
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