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Old 07-08-2010, 08:52 AM
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Question MUP path crossing, am I a vehicle or a pedestrian?

being new to the whole MUP thing parts of it seem really confusing... where they cross roads seems especially confusing...

usually there is a STOP sign for bikes, but then it never fails that a car will stop to let you cross... so there we are, me with a stop sign waiting for traffic to clear and them stopped in the middle of the street yielding their right of way to let a vehicle enter the roadway...

but then I read a comment to a news article saying that on a MUP a bicycle is considered a pedestrian... but that doesn't make any sense... why have stop signs for pedestrians and rules about audible passing alerts?

so is there a section of bicycle law dealing specifically with a MUP?

are cars required to stop for a bicycle on a MUP crossing a road? if so is it because we are forced to use the sidewalk therefore forcing us to become pedestrians as soon as we enter the roadway but then we magically convert back to bicycles when we get to the other side and are on the MUP again?

and if cars are required to stop then why are bicycles required to stop? are they courtesy signs like in parking lots and they don't have to be obeyed?

is a MUP crosswalk really a crosswalk or is it an extension of the MUP? when going across do we have to slow down to a pedestrian crawl if any pedestrians are present?

the laws on bikes in the road are mostly clear, but I haven't seen anything about a MUP other than having to make an audible alert to pass peds...
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