Harry asked: A couple of weeks ago FDOT realigned a popular shared-use
path (“trail”) so it crosses a roadway much closer to the nearby
signalized intersection. At the old location STOP signs faced trail users as
they approached the crosswalk, but at the new location there are no nearby
traffic controls for them. A picture I took of the situation can be found here: http://i67.tinypic.com/xb9s89.jpg
Who is required to yield to whom at this crosswalk?
Footnote: The situation is supposedly temporary because it appears the contractor did not plan properly, but that does not relieve FDOT of its responsibility to provide for the temporary maintenance of traffic on the trail. The situation is hazardous for trail users because it appears they have been placed in legal limbo.
It appears that the intent is to treat the trail at that point as the sidewalk.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(9) 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 poorly placed pedestrian traffic control signal should be coordinated with the roadway traffic control signal to determine right of way.
s. 316.130 Pedestrians; Traffic Regulations
(1) A pedestrian (or bicyclist with the same rights and duties as a pedestrian) shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device specifically applicable to the pedestrian unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
(2) Pedestrians shall be subject to traffic control signals at intersections as provided in s. 316.075,
s. 316.075 – Traffic Control Signal Devices
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 ….