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The Question:

The above picture shows a bicyclist exiting a driveway to enter the street. The bicyclist notices a pedestrian walking on the sidewalk. The bicyclist stops and waits for the person walking to pass safely. If a sidewalk is clear of all cross traffic (people walking, biking, etc) is a bicyclist still required to stop before driving onto it?

The Answer: Yes

A bicycle under Idaho law is considered a vehicle when operated on any highway. Therefore, any motorist or bicyclist exiting a public or private driveway in a residential or business district, shall stop his or her vehicle “…prior to driving onto a sidewalk.”

This answer is based on Idaho state code 49-651.

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