Sgt. Maj. Buzzkill
- Feb 1, 2008
- Kiel/Wherever, Germany
Here is a simple fact, he has no reason to be on the road, there is a dedicated lane yet he goes on the road. Whether the road is empty enough for an overtake or not is completely irrelevant. So how about I drive on the shoulder then? After all it's empty. Furthermore a whole bunch of bikists bitch and moan that they are not respected by drivers, this right there is why.
While certainly true, in that picture there's no reason for drivers to bitch and moan either. Plenty of space to pass within your own lane given the width of the lane and how far to the right he's cycling.
Regarding the legal question, if you apply German rules he'd have to cycle in the right lane on the sidewalk - see the blue sign 240. Given how close the Portugese sign is to ours, I wouldn't be surprised if the regulations were similar too.
To me it looks like a wide sidewalk superimposed on a two-lane cycle path, with right-of-way given to pedestrians.