Idiot driver uses Burrard Street separated bike lane, almost hits cyclist (video)

For a moment, this video gives viewers the impression that Vancouver's separated bike lanes are a multi-modal paradise.

We see a driver, a cyclist, and a pedestrian making use of the Burrard Street lane, near the Burrard Bridge, in seeming harmony.

That is until the driver leaves the bike lane and makes a right turn across it, coming very close to creaming a cyclist.

The cyclist manages to swerve out of the way and shouts a sexist slur at the driver.

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So what?
I work DT and see this all the time. It's nothing new..
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MD
The cyclist that almost got killed trusts drivers far too much for my comfort level.

I see that turn signal on the car, I am braking, notwithstanding my right of way.

My working assumption is that people will do what they should not and place me at risk.

I actually thank pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists who do they proper thing these days - takes less energy than yelling at the idiots.

At least this person had the decency to signal before cutting the poor guy off...most can't even do that.

Then again, you can go hours on a bike lane and not see a cyclist signal properly either.
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Bikesareannoying
Bicyclists in this city act like they are invincible, I hate driving DT because of them. This incident wasn't the bikers fault, but I don't blame the driver for getting confused with all the stupid bike lanes and egotistical bicyclists in this city.
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RUK
@MD

I wonder at the trustingness of Vancouverites too! I am all rigged up in safety gear (flashers on the bike even in summer) but never assume that I have been noticed over the driver's preoccupation with destination, time, and the possible need to operate lipstick with one hand and text with the other.

If we would all take a little more time and reflect on the non-necessity of shortening our already fragile lives....
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New Rules
The problem with the bike lanes is that they are new and drivers aren't used to not being allowed to turn right. How stupid, not being able to turn right especially when turning left is so difficult downtown and banned on many roads. Where cars are allowed to turn right across bike lanes the cyclist must stop and give way for the car if the car gets to the intersection first. A car turning right has to look left for cars coming through the intersection, they also have to look ahead for people turning left onto the same road they are turning right onto. Now they have to look to their right and behind to see if a cyclist is coming as well. Cyclist need to be more vigilant after all they are the ones who will be injured.
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Meg
@ New Rules
No, that's incorrect. Cars turning right across the bike lane are crossing a lane of traffic and must wait for both lanes to be clear before proceeding. That's pretty difficult, so the city has restricted right lane turns at many intersections.
Cars are insured and licensed because driving is a greater responsibility than cycling; they therefore need to be vigilant when they are crossing areas designated for other modes (sidewalks or bike lanes) because their lack of care has greater consequences. We all pay for the roads through property tax, so cars must learn to share.
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Confusing
Some right turns are confusing when crossing a bike lane, such as turning into a driveway or an alley. An example is the Hong Kong Bank of Canada underground parking. It's on a slope and many cyclists go over the speedlimit heading north and suddenly appear while you're turning in to the driveway.
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@ Bikesareannoying
Oh stop. Just stop. No more about how "egotistical" and "arrogant" cyclists are. At least get together with your fellow carbon-curmudgeons and try to come up with some new adjectives to describe us!

I'll ride where I want, how I want and fuck anyone who thinks I shouldn't, can't or won't because it's "annoying".

"Oh, stop the cyclists, they're so rude and annoying!" You know what? I happen to agree that lots of cyclists behave like total dickwads on our streets and when I see that it makes me fume. On the other hand, they're on bikes, so automatically they are doing something right. Able-bodied people driving less than 10 km trips in cars (usually solo) have NO right to complain and should shut up, keep their heads down and hope they scrape into a decent afterlife (chances aren't good though so I'd suggest starting to cycle right away and hope your God takes notice and moves you up the waitlist. Hnyuck hnyuck!!)
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Opus the Poet
It's not like the driver did not know there was a bike lane there when she made the turn seeing as just a short block before she had to merge to the left to get on the other side of the barrier. That was what, maybe 200 feet? You would have to have the attention span of a goldfish to "forget" a lane of traffic to your right in that amount of time.
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blah
It's pretty stupid to ask a driver to look left, look straight ahead, look right AND look behind them before turning right. By then, you better look left again because enough time has elapsed that a car you didn't see previously is now coming from your left. Of course, then you have to go through the whole head roll again. It would make a lot more sense for the cyclist to stop for right turning cars. But hey, we can't expect cyclist to actually take some responsibility can we? Blame it on Mayor dumdum for creating a situation where vehicles have to cross a through traffic lane. It's the attitude that cyclist are always first that leads to so much trouble in Vancouver. And as previous people have posted, the cyclist better expect that they aren't seen. That's the first thing I was taught as a motorcycle rider. Basically it's called defensive driving. But I don't expect most cyclist are familiar with the concept. It's like all the droids that cross the street with their icrap stuck in their ears without looking. You may be right, but there's no point in being dead right.
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Fustrated 'couverite
You know, I see comments saying how they witness this type of thing all the time and can't believe drivers fail to see the lanes/cyclist.

Maybe, just maybe...it's not as visible and as you think? I'm not saying I don't see it. I totally know and see it. It's just, if it happens so often, maybe the lanes aren't marked as well as people think?

It's like if there was a hole in the middle of the sidewalk with a clear sign stating the hole there. Yet people are still falling in that hole. Maybe one should take the effort to do something else other than just putting a sign? My point is, people keep blaming others when it doesn't really solve or identity a solution to the problem. If it were better designed than maybe these incidents wouldn't occur so often.
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TheTruth
To the idiot that started with @Bikesareannoying....you are the problem. Look at your awesome defensive "I'll ride where I want, how I want and fuck anyone who thinks I shouldn't, can't or won't because it's "annoying"."

Riding a vehicle on a public road is a privilege not a right. Learn that rule. Everyone should know that rule (which is why some have an argument for licensing).

So then, with your pathetic attempt at logic, you should be able to ride on sidewalks at full speed if you like. Well then may be I should start caring an umbrella and impaling people like yourself. Fuck anyone that thinks differently right? In that case, I'm more in the right than you are....because I have a right to be there and self-defense could win that argument.

Think you better make good with whoever your God is first. You're too much of a little bitch to survive out there.
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Save Vancouver
@Meg - Given that a cyclist recently collided with and killed another on the Lions Gate Bridge, and a cyclist broke the back of a pedestrian in Stanley Park, isn't it high time we stopped pretending that cyclist don't need to be responsible and be properly insured?
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out at night
TheTruth, yeah, that was me getting my militant on, because I get heat from some drivers even when I'm just out doing my thing all legal and respectful and so on. I read rabid anti-cycling comments here and all over the place. Every week The Province sees fit to publish some rants about how out of control the cyclists are. So, as far as being on a lot of people's shit lists, even when I'm being supernice, yes, you can all go fuck yourselves.

Point of fact: I ride like a sweetheart all the time. Not on sidewalks, not in-your-face cycling AT ALL. I'm a mellow dude on a bike and try my best to spread the good word about being a courteous cyclist. Still, you'd be surprised (maybe) at how many people still try to honk me out of their way and stuff like that with the stupid, ignorant notion that I'm doing something illegal or wrong when I'm NOT!

So I guess me just being out there at all is annoying to a large number of people. If you were REALLY telling TheTruth you'd come right out and admit that if you could wave a magic wand and make your wishes come true there would be no more people riding bikes, right? I mean, in your heart of hearts, when you're just out doing some shit and you see a cyclist go by, you sort of look at him or her with like, some sort of growl, or am I just getting you all wrong TheTruth? Okay, well whatever your thing is, there's lots of animus for us cyclists, in all our many forms and that's the all-too-common sentiment I'm responding to with my fiery tirade there. Read between the lines: what I'm really saying is go ahead and be annoyed, I'm here to stay.
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