I commute to work in Melbourne’s CBD almost every day. My route takes me along St Kilda Rd, where there’s a dedicated bike lane. And increasingly I’m seeing motorcyclists using this lane to get around traffic. It’s annoying me more and more. It’s illegal and dangerous.
And this week I saw the inevitable clash.
A few bike riders were stopped and shouting and a motorbike rider was getting off his bike. I didn’t stop as the lane was getting congested and whatever had happened appeared to be getting sorted out by who was already there. I didn’t see anyone on the ground so assumed whatever had happened there weren’t any serious injuries.
When I was further up the road and stopped at a red light, I asked a rider who was there what had happened.
The motorbike rider was riding in the bike lane, turned left without looking, and took out a cyclist. Awful and a depressingly familiar story – a vehicle turns left without looking and hits a bike rider. As the guy I was talking to said, just getting to work each day on a bike is becoming a matter of survival.
Which is obviously a shame. If all road users would just respect the rules and each other, it wouldn’t be this way.
Anyway, here are the rules that explicitly state that motorbikes aren’t allowed to ride in bike lanes.
Plus, page 12 of the Victorian motorbike rider handbook.
If you want to ride in the bicycle lane – get a bike!