Originally Posted by DizzyEdge
yeah, 90% of the time cyclists on the sidewalk are no problem, it's those who are riding at similar speeds to those on the road. That said, if they were on the road between me and the sidewalk I'd have to do break-my-neck shoulder check to check for them too, so maybe I just need to suck it up
Well even then any accident would be the cyclist's fault. They are supposed to be acting as a vehicle. No motorcyclist, who is not attempting to commit suicide, would attempt to pass a right turning car on the right. Then again, motorcyclists actually require a special licence to prove that they know what they are doing.
On the other hand, automobile drivers must give special attention to ensure that they do not endanger the livers of pedestrians and cyclists. This is simply because they have a great deal more power at their disposal. They can seriously injure, or kill, others in a way that pedestrians and cyclists cannot.
So I guess it depends on the situation . As long as all due care and more is taken then what happens will happen. If a cyclist wants to illegally speed along a sidewalk with parked cars making them invisible to drivers and continue across streets without stopping... Well, I would feel bad if I hit them but if I had done every thing possible to ensure their safety and they had decided to risk their life by breaking traffic laws then it is really on them. There is a reason we ban all cyclists, with the exemption of small children, from the sidewalk. It is both for the safety of pedestrians and to make it clear that the sidewalk is not just another lane of traffic that turning vehicles have to cross, thus defeating the purpose of banning right turns from left lanes.