From what I know taking the LAB (league of American Bicyclists traffic safety 101 course) you must WALK your bike when in a crosswalk.
I don't care who's fault it was, I'm glad you're OK.
I would have avoided the sidewalk, maybe in a nice clear area but DT sidewalks are insane! Stats say you are more likely to crash there. When i was first starting out i got lucky that my instinct to pedal faster has kicked in and i've never been hit. Not anymore though, i get on the brake lever and practice my stopping.
Was the "walk" sign on? Or was it just green? You're supposed to walk your bike across and hit the button, i would hit the button and go slow like a pedestrian (who the heck is going to climb off and on?) Nobody seemed to care.
Once i was approaching a major intersection and it was green, i was expecting to get left hooked so i slowed to a crawl and some guy turning still got mad, told me something but of course i didn't hear. :lol:
Pedestrians almost get hit in crosswalks all the time, so it's just a matter of time with a bike. I always check when i'm going for a walk/jog.
I would say you would get owned if you did get hit. It would be "riding on the sidewalk, no helmet" and anything else they get on you. And yes as the "Art of Cycling" says, better to be alive than "right"
I rarely ride on sidewalks. To ride safely on a sidewalk requires you to often slow to pedestrian speeds. While I ride for recreation, I also like to get where I am going, and speed is part of the fun. Sidewalks are no fun. If you try to have fun on them, they're dangerous.
I will ride on the sidewalks from time if I feel it is safer for that particular stretch of road. It has to be one of those risk asessments where the risk of riding on the sidewalk is less than on the road. I'm glad the OP posted this as we can all benefit from his experience. I had really never thought about the impact in the way that as cyclist you will be out to the middle of street alot faster than a pedestrian.
On a side note, when I ride with my two girls while towing one of them on a Burley I always ride on the sidewalk, but don't take any chances meaning wathcing those left hand turners like a hawk as well as the right turners.
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures...cts/ffdl37.htm I can't. If you can figure out the sidewalk and crosswalk law from this, all the more power to you.
When I feel that I "have" to ride the sidewalk, I do it with extreme caution. At driveways and intersections I slow down and look in all directions that cars and peds can come from, and am suspicious of any vehicle crossing my path.
Though riding on the sidewalk is generally a bad idea, I believe the legality of it is up to local governance. Here in El Cajon, I think it's illegal for an adult only in business districts. Violating this can get you shot in the face: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/...-cajon-police/
I do climb Fletcher Parkway's sidewalk out of El Cajon for a mile on the way home, but it's in a park, uphill at 6-7% the whole way, with no cross traffic. So far, haven't been shot in the face.
Riding on the side walk is legal in The City of Los Angeles, not so with every city.
Below is a spreadsheet of at least 535 jurisdictions and their side walk cycling rules.
The best of my understanding is that LAPD interprets the law to mean you must ride in the same direction on the sidewalk as traffic is flowing. So based on your drawing you would be doing that. It gets a little hazy, because I've had officers say that if you are moving faster than a pedestrian in the cross walk then you don't count as one, but if you were rolling slow you'd be fine. If he hit you, it'd probably depend on the officer that showed up on who he cited. Insurance would do its best to argue you were going too fast for the sidewalk and weren't visible enough.
Regardless the driver has an obligation to yield to anyone crossing the street. Sound like this person wasn't looking anyway and would have done the same thing if you were walking.
As has been mentioned above, this is why I avoid riding on sidewalks and when I do, I make to clear the intersection visually the best I can before I head across. Anyone making a left turn towards gets lots of attention.
Glad your okay.