Have you been in a cycling accident while in the cycle or bus lane?
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