How well do you drive near bicycle lanes?

You may also like...

No Responses

  1. amh says:

    Some additional notes from an experienced cyclist:

    Just as drivers need to enter the bike lane to turn right, cyclists will come out of the bike lanes and pass right-hand turning motorists on their left (as they should). Cyclists often move to left side of the right lane as a courtesy to those turning right. Do NOT pass a cyclist on their right (unless you know that they are turning left.)

    If someone has parked/stopped in a bike lane, cyclists will need to come out into the adjacent lane to pass that stopped/parked vehicle. Unless you can completely move over to another lane, slow down and wait for the cyclist to complete this manoeuvre and return to the bike lane before making any attempt to pass the cyclists; this is because there will NOT be enough space to share the lane with the bicycle. Lanes next to bike lanes are too narrow to share, and the cyclist will need enough space away from the parked car to be out of the way of the driver’s side door — which is likely to open.

    Where there is a bike lane, and even where the is NO bike lane — unless you are driving a bus or are dragging a trailer — you should always pull in as close to the curb as you can before turning right. Doing this will prevent less experienced cyclists from trying to pass you on your right. More experienced cyclists will move towards the middle of the lane as they approach intersections to discourage less-safe drivers from trying to make right-hand turns in front of them; they will move back to the right side of the lane once they are safely through the intersection. If you are slowed down by a cyclists doing this then you can blame those lousy drivers that make a right-hand turns too close in front of cyclists.

  2. amh says:

    Also, you should teach your students to use the OPPOSITE hand to open the car door. This forces you to twist in your seat, making it easier to do a shoulder check before opening the door into the path of an on-coming cyclist, car, bus or truck.

    So a driver on the left side of the vehicle would reach to open the door with their right hand, and the passenger on the right side would use their left hand to open the door. Passengers also need to look for pedestrians and other obstacles (even cyclists on the sidewalk) before opening their door, too.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *