wagger wrote:In ALL instances, bike riders MUST give way to pedestrians. Abuse them all you like as a cyclist, but you hit them on your bicycle and you will be held legally responsible.
Nothing to stop pedestrians from jumping onto the path infront of you at the last second, you have to swerve to avoid them as they have right of way
That is not correct.
Firstly there's no such thing in Australia as `right of way'. One may have a duty of care to give way but that does not confer a right of way on the other party.
This is an important distinction. If one operates with a mindset of having right of way then one is less likely to do the right thing and exercise their duty of care in taking all reasonable steps to avoid an accident. For example someone knowingly causing an obstruction is failing in their duty of care and may be held liable.
This is covered by road regulation 236 ``Pedestrians not to cause a traffic hazard or obstruction.''
What I'm driving at is that pedestrians can be held accountable for unreasonable behaviour and people should know that.
Apart from that I wholly agree with you, it is imperative that extreme care is taken around pedestrians; not just for legal reasons. We want pedestrians to like us cyclists. Smile, nod, let them know you're having a good time and that life outside of a car is good
"get out of the Freaking way" is not acceptable in the eyes of the law again.
Wish someone would tell Toyota that
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