Right of Way

Pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks. Sidewalks are constructed to keep pedestrians safe.

Even though they have the right of way on sidewalks, pedestrians can avoid crashes by paying attention to motor vehicle and bicycle traffic. Pedestrians should use eye contact and gestures to alert drivers when crossing roads from sidewalks, crosswalks, paths, and driveways.

Bicyclists must yield the right of way to pedestrians. Bicyclists can legally ride on sidewalks, unless prohibited by local ordinance or traffic control device. Bicyclists should slow down when approaching a pedestrian, ring a bell, or give an audible warning such as “bike passing” and wait for the pedestrian to move over.

Bicyclists on sidewalks should slow down to watch for motorists preparing to turn onto a road or across a sidewalk into a driveway. Motorists’ views are often obstructed by parked cars or other objects.

Motorists should yield right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists and look for them when turning across sidewalks, into driveways, or across crosswalks. By law, motorists must approach and pass a bicyclist at a reasonable speed, at least three feet away from the bicyclist.