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The Question:

The above picture shows a driver and bicyclist beside one another waiting at an intersection with a stoplight. The driver is planning to turn right. The bicyclist plans to go straight. The light turns green. Who should yield the right-of-way?


The Answer: Driver

The driver is to yield the right-of-way in this instance. The bicyclist has preferential right-of-way if going straight when the driver is turning right. This scenario, however, should not happen. A turning motorist should not pull up along a bicyclist that has not signaled he is also turning. Also, a bicyclist should not pull up alongside a motorist who has signalized he is turning.

In this instance, the safest path for the cyclist is to merge into the middle of the land behind the turning motorist.

This answer is based on Idaho state code 49-808 (1); 49-644 (1); 49-637 (1)

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