Crossing in Front of Stopped Vehicle
Rob asked: If there is a bike path and there is a SUV blocking the path to turn right on a main road and its front bumper is inches from main road. Does the cyclist wait for the SUV to turn or go in front of the SUV or should go around the back of the SUV? The cyclist is wearing all black with little light and no street lights are on.
The motorist may be in violation of this statute:
s. 316.1945 – Stopping, Standing, or Parking Prohibited in Specified Places
(1) Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or official traffic control device, no person shall:
(a) Stop, stand, or park a vehicle:
1. On a sidewalk
2. Within an intersection.
3. On a crosswalk
9. On a bicycle path.
Although there is no statute that prohibits riding in front of vehicles stopped in a bike path, crosswalk or sidewalk waiting to enter the intersection, extreme caution is recommended. Drivers are not necessarily expecting or looking for a bicyclist. That is particularly true if the cyclist is approaching from the right on a bike path or sidewalk, a paved shoulder or unlawfully riding against the required flow of traffic in the roadway.
It appears that the bicyclist may not have the required lights.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(7) Every bicycle in use between sunset and sunrise shall be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a lamp and reflector on the rear each exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of 600 feet to the rear. A bicycle or its rider may be equipped with lights or reflectors in addition to those required by this section.