blakewengie asked in SportsCycling · 5 months ago

who is given the right of way? if you are on a bike and...?

if you are on a bike and an oncoming vehicle is going straight and you wanna turn left. Both arrived at the same time. who is given the right of way?

If your on a bike and reach a stop light and there are pedestrians you must follow the rules as a car would and give the pedestrian the right of way, right?

7 Answers

  • 5 months ago

    Vehicles always yield to oncoming traffic before turning left across the oncoming vehicle's path. A bike is a vehicle. Maybe you can take it from there?

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    5 months ago

    Most countries the rule is biggest has right of way. Not necessarily the law, but do you want your last words to be "I had right of way, you know...."?

  • 5 months ago

    Peter Gore Seer,

    Safety Is The Right Of Way, I Go For Bigger Than Me As Right Of Way..

  • 5 months ago

    On a bicycle there isn't a "right of way" if you are sensible. Insisting on right of way gets you a plaster cast or even a casket!

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  • 5 months ago

    Intersections with traffic lights are complicated. There are many scenarios. If it is a simple traffic light, with only one lane in each of the four directions, you can wait at the left until you can make a left turn.However if there are impatient drivers behind you this could be dangerous. If the intersection has a dedicated lane for left turns, you have to be in that lane and you have to wait until the light gives you priority. If two vehicles arrive at the same intersection at exactly the same time, the vehicle going straight through will have priority especially if that vehicle is a car. Intersections are dangerous for cyclists, even if you are in the right you will lose the argument if there is a collision

  • 5 months ago

    Bicycles are defined as vehicles and are expected to obey all traffic laws. Therefore unless a traffic light is giving you a left turn arrow you're expected to yield to oncoming traffic until it's safe to make a left turn at an intersection controlled by traffic lights.

    Since you don't seem to know basic traffic laws, perhaps you should take a driver's education course. Even if a motor vehicle is in volition of the law avoid a collision at all cost. The cyclist seldom walks away unhurt in motor vehicle vs cyclist collisions.


    Pedestrians aren't automatically given the right of way. They too are expected to obey traffic laws when crossing roadways. What is taught in a driver's education course in which you very much need is the "Last Clear Chance" clause in traffic laws. The LCC law states even if the other person is in volition of the law but you can safely avoid a collision then you must do so. However the burden of proof is on the person who was originally in volition of the law that the other party could've safely avoided the collision. A good example of this law would be someone seeing small children playing near the road and not slowing down. If they then hit a child it'd be the driver's fault. However if they did slow down and a child suddenly ran out into the street form some obstructed view point, it wouldn't be the motor vehicle operator's fault if they hit the child. Because the motor vehicle operator used reasonable precautions.

    Source(s): Motorized bicycle owner and builder.
  • 5 months ago

    You can argue all you want about having the right of way on a bike, but if you are dead, it won't do you any good. You have to protect yourself and assume that others either don't know the rules of the road are or are unwilling to concede the right of way. Or more likely, they don't see you either signaling for a turn or out there in the left hand turn lane trying to make a turn. And so you get run over. I found the best/safest thing to do is to act like a pedestrian at an intersection -- go up onto the curb at the corner, get off the bike and walk across at the crosswalk, with the appropriate light. Especially in heavy traffic situations. If you are out in the left turn lane like an automobile, others may view you as to be treated as an auto, and you must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic, assuming you don't have a protected left turn signal. If you choose to be viewed as a pedestrian, then you might understand that you have the right of way no matter where you are (jay walker or not), but the chances of you getting hit by an unalert motorist are greatly increased. Don't expect them to respect your rights.

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