Cyclists are given special permission to ride in specially marked cycle lanes. They are also permitted to ride in most bus lanes. This often allows cyclists to beat the traffic – one of many advantages to travelling by two wheels. However, while the onus is on other drivers to check for cyclists before carrying out a manoeuvre, this doesn’t always happen.
Often, drivers will not consider that there may be a cycle lane to their left on the inside before turning or opening their car door. There is also often a presumption that bus lanes are for buses only and therefore, a cursory glance to check for a large vehicle is sufficient before pulling into or turning across a bus lane. As a result, accidents involving cyclists using cycle and bus lanes are fairly common.
Common filtering cases include:
- Cars travelling in the opposite direction turning right across a bus/cycle lane
- Cars pulling into the bus lane
- Cars turning left across a cycle lane
- Cars drifting into the cycle/bus lane
- Opening car doors into the cycle lane