Got a inquiry through our contact page. I admit that I don’t know the law in this case. Read this, then I’ll describe how I handle the traffic situation described.
There was a line of about 15 cars all stopped at a red light and I was passing on the right between the vehicles and the curb. Most roads on my commute are wide enough that I have more than enough space between the cars and the curb to cycle in. One of the motorists in this line saw me coming in his rear view mirror and when I was a couple meters behind him he turned right so that his front right tire was against the curb, thus cutting me off. It happened pretty quick so I instinctually swerved to the left and drove between the two lanes of stopped traffic(theres two lanes each way). He saw me swerve to the left and then tried to swerve to the left and cut me off again but, I managed to get by him. I was now biking between the two lanes of stopped traffic and then got over to the right side of the road as soon as there was enough space between two vehicles. It angered the driver to no end that I was able to get by him while he had to sit waiting in traffic. He eventually caught up to me a few hundred meters down the road. He slowed down to my speed and began screaming at me as traffic backed up behind him. Among other things he yelled at to me to, “learn the laws ***hole.”
I normally will pass any number of cars that are backed up at a traffic light, except the first one. I always make sure I can be seen by the driver in the car that I’m in front of so that he won’t be tempted to rally-race around the corner. If there are only 2 or 3 cars lined up at the light, or the street is too narrow, I’ll take my place in the lane.
But that’s just in the normal traffic situation, as for this particular driver trying to physically manage a cyclist, that’s way over the line. I wonder if this guy chases down other drivers who break traffic laws (imagined or otherwise). Taking his license and reporting him to the police would have been an appropriate step. In my observation there’s no shortage of drivers who will risk the life of a cyclist to teach said cyclist a lesson. Drivers are considerate like that.
Is anyone familiar with the laws in this scenario? In particular when the cyclist is sticking to the right and not having to dodge a jackass driver?