hi , got clipped by an electric bike from behind this morning on the west-side -was leaning turning through an S bend (so cutting the corner a tad)and a lady tried to pass me on my outside on an electric bike -she rode straight into me -I braced and nudged her away-so she went scrub but stayed on-she said it was my fault as I cut the corner -I replied LADY -who rode into whom-not sure of what was the correct protocol here -but figured I didn't do anything wrong -was just riding to work and got clipped from behind and the side -so braced and nudged accordingly-any thoughts (if I did not respond -would have bitten the bitumen),pedro
For vehicles overtaking vehicles and bicycles on the road, a road rule about overtaking only when safe to do so.
AUSTRALIAN ROAD RULES - REG 140
140—No overtaking unless safe to do so
Ask her if she used her bell to warn you. Overtaking without due care, IMHO.
It sounds like you were both traveling in the same direction.
Vehicle/walker in front always has right of way (unless they unpredictably change directions).
Etiquette is to
- warn on approach
- leave space for others.
- not go too fast.
- smile and say thank you.
- if your bell doesn't work politely say excuse me.
This is a bit of a commonsense rule that is about predictability its more walker based though...
236 Pedestrians not to cause a traffic hazard or
(1) A pedestrian must not cause a traffic hazard by moving into
the path of a driver.
(2) A pedestrian must not unreasonably obstruct the path of any
driver or another pedestrian.
(3) For subrule (2), a pedestrian does not unreasonably obstruct
the path of another pedestrian only by travelling more
slowly than other pedestrians.
Doddsy, on a shared path, a cyclist must give way to a pedestrian, but will be times when expecting a bit much of cyclist to predict the pedestrian's movements.
Yes, a rider is classed as a driver under rule 236.
If there is an accident where a pedestrian unpredictably moves into the path of a rider the rider is considered at fault unless he/she can prove otherwise.
Not easy to prove.
Go slow in the midst of walkers.
Is overtaking on a corner riding sensibly?
Is her logic because you took evasive action to avoid falling after she hit you it is your fault?
She sounds like a menace from your description.
thx ,that is what I thought -she did ring her bell ,but I heard it as she hit-a tad late-no harm done really other than she woke up in a hurry,pedro
thx for replies -I was warm,pedro
Agreed with heather - on the road, responsibility, belongs to the overtaking vehicle, ie electric bike rider. Tho the vehicle being overtaken must obey the road rules, and cant speed up.
provided that holds - it's the overtaker who is held responsible. Had they not overtaken - both parties would be safe;
Geneerally, paths similar - but not sure if a law, or merely custom.
If she didn't take care to pass safely she is in the wrong.