Although a cyclist is not classified as a "vehicle" under the Motor Vehicle Act, you are a road user and you have the same rights and duties as the driver of a vehicle as per Section 183 of the Motor Vehicle Act. However, keep in mind when a cyclist is involved in a collision with a vehicle, the cyclist will always be the injured party regardless of who is at fault.
If the intersection is governed by a traffic light and the light is green then the cyclist should have the right of way given the circumstances provided. If the light was yellow or red, a cyclist is required to stop.
As per Section 174 of the Motor Vehicle Act, a driver making a left turn must yield the right of way to all through traffic which includes cyclists.
Cyclist guru John Forester states "Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles."
Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison
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