Who has the right of way, a bicyclist or a pedestrian?

Bicyclists, like motorists, must obey Texas state law regarding pedestrian right-of-way.

At crosswalks The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway in a crosswalk when:

  • A pedestrian control device is in place or in operation (Walk/Don’t Walk devices, Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons (RRFBs)) and the pedestrian is proceeding in the direction of the pedestrian control device signal displaying “Walk” or the RRFB is flashing; or
  • No traffic control signal is in place or in operation and the pedestrian is:
    • On the half of the roadway in which the vehicle is traveling; or
    • Approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

A pedestrian may not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and proceed into a crosswalk in the path of a vehicle so close that it is impossible for the vehicle operator to yield.

The operator of a vehicle approaching from the rear of a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross a roadway may not pass the stopped vehicle.

At points other than crosswalks A pedestrian shall yield the right of way to a vehicle on the highway if crossing a roadway at a place:

  • Other than in a marked crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection; or
  • Where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided; or
  • Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, a pedestrian may cross only in a marked crosswalk.

A pedestrian may cross a roadway intersection diagonally only if and in the manner authorized by a traffic control device.

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1. Is it legal for bicyclists to ride on Texas roadways?
2. Who has the right of way, a bicyclist or a pedestrian?
3. Do I have to wear a helmet?
4. Isn't riding on the road unsafe?
5. Where should I position myself when bicycling on the roadway?
6. How do I make a left turn at an intersection?
7. Can I ride on the sidewalk?
8. Are there rules for bicycling on McKinney's Hike and Bike Trails?
9. What are some guidelines for a safer bicycle ride?
10. What do pavement markings with a bike and two chevrons/arrows mean?
11. Do these markings really have an effect on driver and cyclist behavior?
12. On some streets, cyclists riding over this marking will take the entire lane. Aren't they supposed to move to the right?
13. Do shared lane markings or "sharrows" mean these lanes are only for bikes?
14. So if shared lane markings or "sharrows" are not present, then it's not a shared lane and bicyclists aren't supposed to be there?
15. Are these markings going to be on every street that does not have a bike lane?
16. I've never seen these markings before. Why are they being used now?