I know it’s been a while since I’ve written (posted) anything and for that I apologize. It has been so crazy around my house with various projects as well as doctor appointments for my husband and school starting up for my son (starts very end of July/early August here in Arizona).
So here’s what I’ve been thinking/wondering about…
Several days ago, maybe a week (and I’ve been meaning to write this since then), I was on my bike doing my usual morning ride. The ride takes me by the local Fire Department (which is inconsequential to the story). Just past the Fire Department I “change lanes” to hit the Left Turn lane. This particular morning, while in the left lane, I heard sirens a ways behind me. Having the time to safely do so, I had opted to dismount from my bike and quickly make my way to the sidewalk on the right side (out of the way of the Emergency Vehicle). At that time it seemed the best thing to do, but it got me to wondering what the rules are regarding Bicyclists when it comes to Emergency Vehicles.
At least in Arizona, bicyclists can act as “Pedestrian” traffic (walking), “Vehicular” traffic (in roadways or on shoulder), or as “Bicycle” traffic (on bike paths/bike lanes). But what is expected of bicyclists when Emergency Vehicles are coming from behind. For “Vehicular” traffic the law sates (and expectation is) they are to pull to the right when an Emergency Vehicle is coming lights and sirens, but then what if you are stopped at a light? What are the expectations there? and how are bicyclists to respond?
So there you have my “ponderings”
What are the laws and what is the expected in your area when it comes to bicyclists when Emergency Vehicles are coming lights and sirens?
Let me here your thoughts and comments.