Right Turn into a Crosswalk
Lance asked: Here’s the situation: I’m about to make a right turn into a shopping center, and a bicyclist is riding on the sidewalk and enters the roadway in front of me. Was he supposed to stop for me, or was I supposed to stop for him? I stopped but almost hit him first because I didn’t see him on the sidewalk.
A bicyclist on a sidewalk or crosswalk has the rights and duties of a pedestrian.
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.
A crosswalk may be marked as such or unmarked.
s. 316.003 – Definitions
(6) Crosswalk(a) That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway, measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway.(b) Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
The following post is written about pedestrians, but also applies to bicyclists on the sidewalk or crosswalk due to the above.