Canuck wrote:^^ re: Summernight's post - actual real question, not joking - but mainly rhetorical, I guess: I wonder if some people think that the lane goes all the way from Hoddle? Did this driver somehow think you were riding on the outside of the parked cars and purposely avoiding the bike lane? The mind boggles.
Good question and the answer is probably an emphatic 'yes, I should have been in the gutter'.
I have the footage of the section of road if you're interested (on a different day with plenty of cyclists - see below).
Prior to the two blocks which cause problems there is a green bicycle lane (prior to the Hoddle Street/Albert intersection on the City of Yarra side), so bicycles are separated from cars until the Hoddle Street intersection by clearly marked bicycles lanes (and buffer zones). Then the City of Melbourne just vomits us into the left hand car lane as we weave left and then right over the Hoddle/Albert Street intersection (no bicycle lane whatsoever or even any allowance for a merge).
Then the City of Melbourne leaves a car parking lane with a dotted line with no bicycle markings (which to my mind represents that this is the door zone as it is clearly not big enough for a bicycle) for those two blocks. Then after the second intersection the parking bays are removed and the green paint is placed on the ground indicating the Copenhagen lane (with the plastic bollards dividing the lane from the left lane).
Footage of the two blocks (it stops prior to the copenhagen lane starting):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO0vVrLMzRQ
None of these cyclists stay on the left side of the dotted line. On this particular day as seen in that footage there was a line of parked cars missing after the first intersection so it was safer to move left if the cyclists felt the need (but they would have then had to re-merge into the left lane). I do not believe these cyclists (barring one) were practising correct lane or risk management as they stuck so close to the left when their tyres were clearly in the left lane anyway and they could have all been doored/run over by any of the parked cars, but that is a debate for another time.
ajft wrote:I guess I must have looked all professional or something this morning, trundling along minding my own business and someone on a shiny new giant (aren't they all?) flew past about half a bee's dick from my right elbow. I mean, come on, the whole lane was empty, was that really necessary? I didn't have to worry about following him for long, we got to the end of the street, I stopped for the red light and waited to turn right, he slowed down for an "Oakleigh motorist stop" ie, then turned left through at about 10km/hr. Worst part, I then had to put up with the diatribe from the motorist in the car behind him on how "You bloody cyclists think ya own the f*king place, all running red lights, blah blah blah"
Might have been the same guy that abused me...