California Bike Rider Right-of-Way at a Traffic Signal Controlled Intersection

Right-of-way means "who has the legal duty to proceed safely in traffic conditions." The right-of-way at intersections controlled by traffic signals is determined by the traffic signal. If a traffic signal sensor is unable to detect the presence of a bicycle, the cyclist can do the following:

1.  position the bicycle closer to the sensors embedded in the road, and, if that doesn’t work,

2.  he or she wait until it is safe to cross against the light, or,

3,  he or she can cross at the crosswalk.

However, to this end, there are other legal considerations that come into play depending on the type of street intersection and whether the car is turning or going straight through the street intersection. These different intersection situations require cyclists to use different defense techniques to avoid bike accidents with other motorists.  More discussions on those type of situations in different articles and blogs.

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