rogan wrote:The law says no going over double lines in NSW. Rule 139 applies, but cyclists are not obstructions, unless stopped on the roadway.
But leximack is right. Your experience may differ, but IME, barely ANY Sydney motorist is going to trundle along at 15 km/h for 10 minutes behind a cyclist. They might do it with a truck, for whatever reason, but they won't with cyclists. That's just the reality.
The going over double yellow lines might be illegal, but it's a heck of a lot better than the ostensibly legal close shave within the lane, which remains apparently perfectly legal right up to the point where they put you into hospital (or worse). You could conceivably request the local law enforcement to crack down on this practice. I personally would oppose that, because it encourages close shave passes.
My personal view, a motorist in a standard late model car with the power of 100 horses at his feet, not towing anything, no other special circumstances and a good clear view ahead 150m+ should EASILY be able to get around one or two cyclists. And I'd rather they use more road than shave past my hip. In fact, I prefer this. As a cyclist, I do not want motorists sitting behind me when I'm climbing lengthy hills. Even if that driver is perfectly reasonable and sensible, you can bet that the next driver in the queue will not be. I would much rather motorists go around *when safe* than sit there getting irritable. I do not accept that at every single point on the road in that neck of the woods where there is double lines that it is inherently unsafe to go over those lines to pass a cyclist, merely by reason of the existence of those double lines throughout. It is a breach of the law. But that is not the same thing.
I'm all for motorists crossing double lines to pass a cyclist safely rather than close shaving. However, the reality is that there are many stretches of McCarrs Creek Rd where there are double lines for a very good reason. Blind corners for instance or crests. You don't want motorists crossing double lines to pass in these sections. That's why I take the decision away from the motorist by riding very wide in those sections to prevent a pass. The most dangerous passes I've had along McCarrs Creek Rd is when I have failed to ride wide. In the specific example being discussed, the P-plater could have waited five seconds and there was a straight stretch of road with a broken centre line.