Q: I got hit by a cyclist as I was walking on a sidewalk.
The person says they're not at fault because there was no bike lane for them to use - is that right?
A: No that's incorrect. Bicyclists can ride their bicycles on sidewalks unless the municipality has a regulation prohibiting that. Even so, bicyclists must exercise reasonable care to avoid pedestrians.
A: No, they are wrong. What ever you are doing, walking, skate boarding, skiing, riding a bike, etc, you have a duty to travel so as to not run into other people. There is never an excuse to hit someone. The lack of a bike lane may be the reason they were riding on the same path you were walking on, but it is not an excuse for running into you. If you were injured you should consult with a lawyer about your rights. You will need to have the contact information for the bicyclist that hit you in order to locate and identify them.
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