As you can see i praddle on a bit.
What i wanted to know from forum members is; has anyone else read these rules and do you think they are a crock too?
Also has anyone suggested changing them to the government? I want to know if i barking up the wrong tree..
David, motorised vehicles are permitted to travel in a bicycle lane before turning left. Public buses and taxis may legally stop (but not park) in bicycle lanes.
Yes, but they must still give way to bicycles already in the bicycle lane as they would to any other vehicles when changing lanes into another traffic lane.
However, this does hinder the ability of the cyclist travelling up the lane whilst the other vehicle is stopped in it to use it.
David, observe the bicycle lanes blocked by vehicles waiting to turn left when the cyclist wants to continue straight on.
My original response was in relation to motor vehicles using the bike lane to overtake vehicles turning right. Usually in this scenario, providing they give way to bicycles in the bike lane first (we know that does not always happen), they quickly pass the right turning vehicle and do not obstruct cyclists. I totally agree with you both that the other scenarios you mention do create a problem for cyclists. For left turning vehicles, the rule should be for bicycle lanes to be treated as a keep clear zone and only entered when the vehicle can safely get across it without stopping (after giving way to any cyclists already in the lane)