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Comment by Treadly and Me on September 4, 2008 at 1:49pm
Well, that could have ended very badly, couldn't it?

It's been awhile since I've been there, but that looks like the corner of Pitt and George(?)--a very busy intersection--but wouldn't the cyclist have been better off taking the lane?

And is the taxi braking in the last photo? If so, what was his bloody hurry?
Comment by Duncan on September 4, 2008 at 2:34pm
yeh... I must say.. I would have asserted my position going into the intersection.

Take the lane, man!

then again, I can only see 3 photos.. don't know what happened prior to the sequence.
Comment by Jonathon Troy on September 4, 2008 at 3:38pm
I see so many people riding like that everyday. Taking the lane works.
Comment by Adrian on September 4, 2008 at 3:57pm
I think the cyclist was taking the lane as he entered the intersection (he certainly looked like a confident rider) but he got given the squeeze as the cabbie changed lanes and cut in front of him.
Comment by Jonathon Troy on September 4, 2008 at 4:18pm
You were right on that score! I had to look hard at the first 2 photos.
Comment by Treadly and Me on September 4, 2008 at 4:53pm
Hmm, after much close study of the intersection on Google Streetview (about the closest this Melbournite is likely to get to that corner in the foreseeable future) it looks to me as if the cyclist went straight ahead from a turning lane, and the taxi driver did not actually change lanes at all.

If this was the case, the cyclist was merging (illegally) and even if the maneuver was legal the onus was still on him to ensure that the lane was clear before he changed lanes.

On a second and third look, it appears that the cyclist may have been putting himself in harm's way.

Of course, I wasn't there so I could be entirely wrong.
Comment by Duncan on September 4, 2008 at 4:54pm
yeh.. you're right. The cab actually changes from the center to kerb lane in the middle of the intersection. Boot to the door!

Bloody cabs.. there's some weird shenanigans going on with another cab in the background in the first two shots; turning left from the middle lane across two other lanes of traffic.
Comment by mtrauts on September 4, 2008 at 5:47pm
Pitt and George is horrible intersection in either direction. Treadly's read of the lane structure is correct and it also looks to me like the cyclist entered the intersection from the turning lane.

However, getting into the continuing lane before the intersection is not easy given the speed of the traffic, so I think the rider's behaviour is defensible (if illegal), although it puts the onus in him to merge carefully.

There are many such intersections thoughout Sydney, this incident must be repeated every day. I don't think the problem can be engineered away on our narrow streets, and the vehicular traffic really does need to learn to share the road, on both sides of the intersection.
Comment by Levon on September 4, 2008 at 6:55pm
The term share the road is a joke within itself. Share the road my arse.
Comment by Bob Moore on September 4, 2008 at 11:09pm
I occasionally go through there. Best way is move out into the correct through lane before the intersection, but it does require a bit of nerve as it is slightly uphill, and it is a long left turn only lane. No excuse for the taxi merging across from the centre lane onto the cyclist though, who by this time is actually riding legally (IMO), having broken the law further back!

Possibly the paved area jutting out could be cut back to allow some extra width through there, and a little green bike lane installed.

Another hairy intersection is further along at City Road, where there is another left turn only lane, again sllghtly uphill. I chicken out there and use the Broadway footpath from about Shepherd St, and then cross at the lights onto the Victoria Park footpath up to the Uni gates at Derwent St. To get further west the footpath between Derwent St and Missenden Rd is usually pretty good as not many peds around.

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