Car Stopped on Sidewalk Area
Joseph asked: A car has pulled over a sidewalk, after checking the sidewalk for pedestrians and cyclists, to wait for an opening to make a right turn. While waiting a bicycle approaches from the right. Should the cyclist wait for the car to turn, or go around the front or back of the car?
The vehicle should not be there since drivers in that situation are required to stay out of the crosswalk area and behind the stop bar, if present, until it is clear to proceed, and yield to pedestrians or bicyclists on the sidewalk and crosswalk.
s. 316.123 – Vehicle Entering Stop or Yield Intersection
(2)(a) …. 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.
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:
2. 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 ….
The laws are not specific enough to determine the best course of action. The safety the cyclist is of primary concern. Keep in mind that if you go in front of the car, the driver is probably looking for oncoming traffic from the left and may not see you. If you go behind the car, other drivers turning into that roadway may not see you in time to avoid an incident.