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Old 25.04.2021, 10:45
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Re: Bicycling rules

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I'm a little bit astonished at the misunderstanding of the 'priority from the right' rule on Swiss roads and how it applies to cyclists. A motorist giving way (yielding) to a cyclist on his right in an unmarked junction isn't a 'nice gesture' or 'being kind', it's the law.

Now, as I've already mentioned, it behoves a cyclist to show caution in this situation from a sheer brute fact of their vulnerability. But if cyclists don't assert priority at such junctions, then it's going to cause confusion with other road users. It's a simple rule: all road users need to give way to traffic from their right on unmarked junctions.

Here are the relevant sections from the Swiss traffic regulations (the first states that bicycles and motor vehicles are treated the same, and the second gives the priority rule) are :

Art 1.2. Die Verkehrsregeln (Art. 26–57a) gelten für die Führer von Motorfahrzeugen und die Radfahrer auf allen dem öffentlichen Verkehr dienenden Strassen; für die übrigen Strassenbenützer nur auf den für Motorfahrzeuge oder Fahrräder ganz oder beschränkt offenen Strassen.6

Art 36.2. Auf Strassenverzweigungen hat das von rechts kommende Fahrzeug den Vortritt. Fahrzeuge auf gekennzeichneten Hauptstrassen haben den Vortritt, auch wenn sie von links kommen. Vorbehalten bleibt die Regelung durch Signale oder durch die Polizei.
what I understood from the text, is that OP did not have priority and forced more defensive drivers to yield.
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