Of course that all said, we all know of "ninja cyclists" who flaunt law and use bicycles' narrow profile and manuverability to sneak through traffic. (teens on small wheel bikes are especially adept at this).
So bottom line, often motorists are driven by a selfish need to get where they need to go, NOW. Cyclists have the same desire, but also have self preservation as a goal. Motorists feel protected by their vehicles.
My least favorite part of my commute right now has the same hazard. 35+MPH descent for several blocks, the couple of lights on it are always green, traffic moving about the same speed as me in the bike lane, until they stand on the brakes to let the cute college girls use the crosswalks. Now that the weather is nice, inevitably I've got a pace line forming up behind me that I have to worry about ploughing into the back of me when I have to brake hard because the college kids see the cars stop and step out into the street despite a pack of cyclists bearing down on them at speed.
ISO: 22" GT Rebound frame, year 2000 model
I think we're beginning to see a pattern here.
Bike lanes are kryptonic to ordinarily traffic savvy cyclists. Then, if anything untoward happens there's a tendency to play a blame the lane game, i.e. "nearly got hozed in bikelane" rather than an exploration of the traffic dynamics that led up to the conflict.
Riding 35mph downhill in a crowded university district between parked cars and motorists, for example, and expecting pedestrians to NOT step out in front of you.
Riding like that, a bright front strobe and a whistle might help with the pedestrians, but doesn't mitigate the underlying issue.
does that remind the OP of anyone?Originally Posted by genec
I think the scenario described in the original post shows a rider taking advantage of the stripes on a road to advance on stopped traffic, then failed to exercise due caution approaching the head of the line at a spot the pavement allowed the second motorist room to move around.
like a couple of other posters have mentioned, passing stopped traffic on its right always merits caution, esp as described in the original post.
It's SOP.Originally Posted by kaliergo
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"Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."
I understand your concern but lets place the blame where it legal belongs not on those legally using the right of way just because they dare to do so, that is the same kind of "how dare they actually take the right of way they are legally entitled too, don't they know it inconveniences me and I'm bigger then them and can run them down if I want too - and I just might do so" attitude that a lot of motorists have about cyclists that smells to high heaven.
Added note: How I handle situations like this is to clearly give the "STOP" left hand down hand sign before I hit the brakes to help keep from getting clobbered from behind. I realize there isn't always time to do that but whenever possible I try to use it and it has kept me from getting rear-ended a couple times. A bright active tech. brake light (comes on when you hit your brakes and has a switch attached to the brake levers) would be even better but I only have one of those rigged up on one of my e-bikes not on all of my bikes
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1. The 'incident' that was mentioned here the other day, about the cyclist that was killed. While riding in a bike lane, by one motorist that was 'racing' with her boyfriend.(http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-Area-Fatality)
2. When I was passed on a two-lane 30mph road(there is no bike lane on this road), by a motorist that didn't like a cyclist being in front of him. So he decided to try to 'teach me a lesson'. He failed miserably.