Why the green paint if it's not a bike lane though? Around Los Angeles they've started painting some dedicated bike lanes green. The combination of sharrows + green paint (+ bus lane???) could be confusing.
Last edited by Dunbar; 12-06-13 at 01:44 PM.
(For the sarcasm impaired -- it's possible, and occasionally happens. But it's extremely rare.)
The barrel distortion of GoPro and similar cameras often makes it difficult to tell just how close something really is -- but I think this time it was close enough that there's not really any doubt that they were under 3' -- and probably under 1'. It looked to me like the motorcyclists were passing him extra closely just to be dicks (which would elevate this to actual assault) but I wouldn't expect this to be enough evidence to actually support such a charge. (But passing too closely? Yes. Not that the police would be likely to use it.)
That said, not realizing what the sharrow symbol actually means ... priceless.
The lane in the pic you posted seems very well defined and is likely a bike lane (although I don't see any declarative signs as such)...
In any case, bike lanes are really not completely exclusive of all other traffic... often there are crossing zones at driveways, and the dashed areas are typically merge zones for all traffic, including cyclists. The solid line at the left edge of a bike lane does indicate no crossing... but it is only a line, not a curb, so some crossing movements may occur. The laws governing roadways seem to only prohibit the crossing of solid double yellow lines.
(Though you did previously say "Then the ranting cyclist had better hope the police do not watch the video and see him going though the crosswalk while he had a red light", so it should be pretty easy to see how I got the wrong idea.)
Last edited by dougmc; 12-06-13 at 07:19 PM.
Let's everyone cool their jets so this thread won't get locked. Thank you.
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"Cops want to seize the 2006 BMW Z4 roadster that Adam Tang used to complete a record-fast predawn lap around the borough this past August."
" Tang, who posted a video of the stunt on YouTube, was charged in September with reckless driving and endangerment."
Reckless driving is generally a much more serious charge than most moving violations, and 195 mph certainly should qualify as such.
But sometimes the police will act on those "running a red light" (but with no collision or anything like that to aggravate it) videos too, even if they didn't personally witness the violation. Very rarely, but it can happen.