Cycling in Sydney Australia
Thats really awful. No details from the CEO/Banker/Lawyer looking fellow or his sycophants or the taxi driver.
What would have happened if she wasn't carrying a camera and was too injured to chase after them? She'd have no chance of getting any justice. Zero respect or interest in whether she was alright, not even an apology, just a mouthful of vitriol.
They seemed intoxicated to me but maybe thats the natural speed of their brains. Really hope the police do their jobs on this one.
The taxi driver actually pulled over out of the way, provided his details and waited for the police. Its just not caught on video.
I'm impressed by the bike rider's calmness, persistence and refusal to lose her temper in the face of such boorishness.
The ARR quite clearly state that regardless of whether there was a bike lane there or not, it's legal for a bike to pass to the left of a stopped or slow-moving vehicle (I hate having to link to this but...) as long as it is not indicating AND turning left (makes sense), and also list the offence of causing a hazard alighting from a vehicle (rule 269(3)).
Meeja is reporting the cabbie picked them up from a bar. Really? Couldn't tell...
Bernie like your analysis and largely agree, the only criticism I would offer is there is no indication that the taxi has actually stopped to let the suits out.
The question then is, is it realistic to that a rider must assume that someone will open a door in moving traffic?
In the same situation I probably would have stopped behind the taxis, but not if they were an ordinary car
I'm not saying the cyclist was at fault, and I agree the left pass was perfectly legal. I've never ridden that street so i have no idea what normal practice would be. However, from the short piece of video shown, the gap looked pretty small, and I'm not sure I would be prepared to take a risk (legal or not) in a situation like that.
My practice on that street is to sit behind the traffic in the lane rather than filtering on the left. I don't believe there's any safety or time-saving benefit from getting to the front at that intersection. and (as you can all see) the lane is ridiculously small.
The woman did nothing illegal but I certainly felt uneasy watching her filter through such a small gap at the speed she did. As such I agree with Bernie's assessment here: while she was legally obliged to do what she did it certainly added to her personal risk without much gain. I see similar things from cyclists every day around the city.
Of course, the biggest culprit here is the crappy design that allows this kind of conflict, but for the time being it's all we've got.
I agree. I wouldn't ever ride in such a way that this would happen to me however she technically did nothing wrong.
Your final point is the most important one: crap 'infrastructure' is the problem here. In many instances this sort of rubbish is worse than nothing. That's not to say that we should have nothing instead (although the diehard vehicular cyclists would argue that), rather we should be designing out conflict.
This is precisely the principle behind Sustainable Safety which we seem to ignore in this country. The environment should make all road users movements clear & unambiguous, minimising conflict if not removing it entirely and ensuring that when conflict *does* occur the results are trivial.
I don't expect any serious concern to be shown in my lifetime, depressingly.