Children who walk or ride to school should know the road rules that apply when they cross a road. They should also know to what extent they can trust drivers to act according to those road rules.
Picture the following situation:
* a child is riding to school along a footpath, and continues straight ahead to cross a road;
* a driver approaches from behind the child and starts to turn right, across the path of the child.
Who must give way, and which road rule requires that person to give way?
I’ve posted a diagram below:
You can check out the ACT Road Rules Handbook.
This situation raises three important questions:
(1) Do the road rules require the driver or the cyclist to give way?
(2) Is the ACT Road Rules Handbook sufficiently clear?
(3) How safe is it for a cyclist or a driver to assume that the other person knows the relevant rule?