Top photo, there is a perfectly safe cycle path to the right, completely screened from the cars and lorries. They just need to share nicely with people on foot. The chances of a bicycle killing someone on foot in a collision are very low.
City planning is a crutial and often overlooked part of traffic safety.This will be a controversial thread. However, the onus on protecting road users lies with road users. Good design helps, but the only reason for cyclists to be unsafe in those examples is that they, or more likely other road users, put them(selves) in danger. Not safe to pass? Then wait.
We have similar situations near us. When we're walking SWMBO insists that we walk on the 'wrong' side of the road, as she feels it is safer - there's no point in being legally correct if you're dead.On a rural road with no pavements near me, there is stretch of road with a right-hand bend with the right-hand edge of the road surface up against a steep bank. If a pedestrian is walking (as directed in the Highway Code) on the right-hand side of the road to face any oncoming traffic, they are hidden from any oncoming traffic until the very last moment, and because of the steep bank they cannot move to the side if an oncoming vehicle suddenly appears. As a result, the oncoming vehicle has to swerve into the middle of the road, directly into the path of any vehicle travelling in the same direction as the pedestrian.
You do that every time you go through a junction where other traffic is on red light. Or everytime you traffic waits before joining a roundabout (that's a traffic device beyond the intellect of many Americans). Or when you use the brake pedal and the person behind doesn't hit you.
Oh? All your examples cite the safest course of action… so does cyclist taking the lane in the top picture fit the pattern?You do that every time you go through a junction where other traffic is on red light. Or everytime you traffic waits before joining a roundabout (that's a traffic device beyond the intellect of many Americans). Or when you use the brake pedal and the person behind doesn't hit you.
It's sort of how roads work.
No, the safest course of action would be for me to slow to a near stop at a GREEN light and assume a driver in a rush was about to jump a red, or illegally enter a roundabout.Oh? All your examples cite the safest course of action… so does cyclist taking the lane in the top picture fit the pattern?
I'm not sure where you got so confused.I’m sorry, I thought you were disagreeing with the proposition that it’s an example of dreadful city planning…
Of course. But that wasn't the discussion, was it? We all have to place trust in complete strangers when we're on the road. That's whether driving through a traffic light junction, cycling through a pinch point, or using a pedestrian-priority crossing. That's life.The consequences to the law-abidingly lane-following cyclist can be much more injurious than those consequences awaiting a motorist delaying briefly at a green light.