Road Rights Question #51

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The Question:

The above picture shows three power-walkers taking up the width of a shared-use path. A bicyclist is approaching them and has to ride to the far right edge of the path. The power-walkers believe because they are pedestrians, they have the right-of-way regardless of where they are on the path. Do pedestrians have the right-of-way to the width of a shared-use path?

The Answer: NO

The “power-walkers” (pedestrians) are incorrect in their understanding of right-of-way. A shared-use path is by definition to be shared by multiple types of users moving in opposing directions. Unless there is a sign stating preferential right-of-way, all users have equal right to the path and should keep to their right unless passing.

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