I know you guys love talking about this stuff, so, I have a question about the accepted behaviour of bike riders. I am genuinely interested in these circumstances, so bear with me while I explain the set up.
I was travelling up Northbourne Ave in the middle lane (on a motorcycle, so I was up high and could see everything) when I noticed that in the bike lane, a little lady on a sit up bike with a basket on the front was being overtaken by a big bloke on a mountain bike.
Now, the little lady was sort of in the middle of the bike lane, so this overtaking process caused the big bloke to ride the lane divider, which in effect put half of him in the traffic lane.
This is where it all went wrong.
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The white Camry in the left lane of Northbourne suddenly had half a big bloke on a bike in his lane and swerved and braked to avoid the possibility of a collision. This manoeuvre brought him over into the middle lane.
The blue Falcon in the middle lane suddenly had a white Camry half in his lane for no apparent reason and he, reasonably I thought, swerved away to avoid a possible collision. That put him in the right hand lane.
The grey Mazda in the right hand lane suddenly found a blue Falcon swerving into his lane and being unable to swerve away, braked hard.
Luckily there was a half a gap behind these cars and the following traffic just had to touch their brakes to slow and let everyone sort themselves out.
I have seen variations of this play its self out a few times on the Ave. Never this badly though.
Now, my question is this. There is no right or wrong in this situation, but two very different classes of bike lane user’s right next to peak hour traffic looks like a potential disaster.
Should the bike lanes on big busy streets like Northbourne Ave be reserved for people who are travelling at certain speeds, like slow medium fast lap lanes at a pool? Should little ladies with flowery baskets on their bike be committed to the footpath and leave the bike lanes to the Lycra clad heroes?