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    Twincities MN kuan's Avatar
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    Legal Question (kinda)

    If a clearly marked bike path crosses the road, and you ride across the zebra crossing, are you considered a vehicle or a pedestrian?

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    Zebra crossing? Are you saying it is a crosswalk cross-hatched with diagonal lines?

    Either way, I bet the law is not clear on this question.

    Some people argue that as long as you're on the bike, you're a driver of a vehicle. You're only a pedestrian if you're walking the bike. That's a clean definition, but I don't know if the law supports it.

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    If a bike trail turns into a crosswalk- a marked zebra crosssing, if you will- when it crosses the street- a bike has the right of way... but try telling that to drivers in the US>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helmet Head
    ... Some people argue that as long as you're on the bike, you're a driver of a vehicle. You're only a pedestrian if you're walking the bike. That's a clean definition, but I don't know if the law supports it.
    This has always been my distinction between pedestrian and vehicular use of a bicycle, and I believe the law generally concurs.
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    It's state by state. Around here, cyclists in crosswalks have the rights and duties of pedestrians. Cycling in the crosswalk is legal only if cycling on the sidewalk would be.

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    John, if a cyclist is riding on a sidewalk, which is generally legal in CA, are you saying that while doing so he has the same rights and responsibilities of a vehicle driver? That makes no sense.

    I don't think it's as simple as mounted or not. But like I said, I don't think the law is exactly clear on all the distinctions and contexts.

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