Q&A - Yielding to Cyclists Overtaking on the Right
Your recent bicycle column stirred me to ask a question.
I was in Kelowna, traveling north on Harvey Ave, and wanting to turn right into the strip mall where Jsyk and the new Big and Tall are located (among many others). I was in the HOV lane, and had to wait while 3 pedestrians on the sidewalk slowly crossed in front of my path. When they were clear, I made my turn, then to be hurled a number of expletives from a cyclist that was intending to pass me on the right but had to stop quickly.
I recall him saying “don’t I ever look behind me for bicycles”. I likely would, if I had just overtaken a bicycle, and would realize I might cause some grief if I suddenly cut him off. However, I had been waiting and was unaware of the cyclist attempting to pass by.
There is no cycling path marked in this area and I understand Harvey Ave is not a bicycle route. Do bicycles have free rein to pass on the right at will? If a bike lane was painted, would this change their rights to pass on the right? As cars do not have the right to pass on the right, do cyclists not have to follow the rules of the road as well? Bottom line-was I at fault here?