So as I had a lot to contend with in getting used to a completely new riding position, saddle, brakes, gears etc, and I was a little late setting out, I cut my ride short.
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There is a bus lane which suddenly veers to the left into Aberdeen Street and leads to the City Hospital. As you can see, you are in the bus lane but as you approach the lights. The bus lane goes off to the left and suddenly you have a cycle lane to go straight on, which ought to be ok, but that means that you have to veer to the right to enter the cycle lane. An experienced cyclist approaching the junction will be taking the primary position to make sure that they can go straight on without being swiped by a vehicle. I think that inexperienced cyclists will just worry about being assertive as they approach the start of the cycle lane and end up dismounting.
According to the sign, buses and bikes can take the bus lane leading to Aberdeen Street, but as taxis (including private hire vehicles) have been permitted to use bus lanes elsewhere in Birmingham, I cannot help feeling that sooner or later a cyclist is going to come a cropper – and probably from white van man who should not even be going that way.
Later, I checked our cycling map. There have been some accidents in the vicinity but nothing right on that junction. I fear though that it is a matter of time. Being a personal injury solicitor you have to have a way of insulating yourself from the trauma or you would not be able to do the job. As I cycled along Winson Green Road, I consoled myself that if I was knocked off my bike in this vicinity at least it’s not far to the hospital!
by Tim Beasley - Partner Levenes Solicitors
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