KP wrote:Consider Drummond Street South (for those of you who know Ballarat). One lane of motorized traffic in each direction, one bike lane in each direction next to the traffic, and parallel parked cars between the bike lanes and the kerbs. If a cyclist stays in the cycle lane it puts them directly in the door zone of parked cars. Going down that road, I always do a lifesaver and pull out of the cycle lane to pass a parked car away from the door zone, but I've never seen another cyclist do it and I'm sure most don't recognize the danger.
That sounds silimilar to St Kilda Road in Melbourne. If I can I'll take my bike up on the train next time I'm up Ballarat (I'm there one day every three weeks or so) and compare. I fully agree with you, I"m normally riding on the right most edge of the lane which is OK in St Kilda road as it's two lanes in each direction. Not sure I could do that in the road you describe.
I think education is the answer, for the people who design the cycle lanes as well as the cyclists who use them.
Isn't that the truth. I've had responses back from traffic engineers which beggar belief.
In Clarendon street they trialled a tram Super Stop at every stop. and maid all the turns in to hook turns. This was enforced by big structures on the other side of the junction barring access to the lane.. What this meant was that cyclists wishing to ride straight ahead had to go in to the offside lane which I considered to be pretty dangerous.
I outlined my concerns to the Port Phillip council. Amongst the choicer responses was:
* The works create more congestion slowing traffic and making it safer for cyclists.
* Cyclists can now hook turn at every junction which is safer.
Never mind that prior to the works most cars stayed in the offside lane leaving the nearside lane for cyclists and people looking for a park. Never mind that cyclists can hook turn at any junction in Victoria.
Fortunately the project was canned altough the hook turns are still there, just no structures barring the way so most cyclists ride through the left/right turn bit.
Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. . . .