San Diego Bike Lanes
As a vehicle driver, you have allow the bike full use of that lane. The cyclist has no obligation to move over to the side of the street and allow you to pass. If you want to pass the cyclist, you have to wait until the left lane clears so you can safely change lanes and pass in the left lane.
Cyclists also have an obligation; they should take advantage of these bike lanes and stay in the center of the right lane while using the bike lane. By squeezing over to the side of the street, the cyclists perpetuate the myth that they don’t have full use of the lane. Cyclists must endure confused and angry drivers until everyone understands how to share the road. A cyclist is more likely to be injured by compromising the use of the right lane.
Although they are considered moving vehicles, bicycles have the right of way over a car in most circumstances. And while they might have the right of way, they must also be responsible, following the rules of the road as if they were in a car.
Both cyclists and drivers can cause accidents. If you have been involved in an accident, either as the rider or the driver, consult a personal injury attorney immediately. Cause, blame, and rules of the road are difficult, legal constructs and require a lawyer’s input before settling with an insurance company.