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