Marie asked: While riding in the bike lane, the bus repeatedly passes me and pulls into the bike lane to stop. Today I asked the driver to please stay on the other side of the white line when she has just passed me. She refused and said she was right. I told her she was breaking the law, that I had the right-of-way and was making me pass on the left in the lane of traffic going 50 mph.
This is the 3rd incident this year in which I have complained to them and even talked to the supervisor. He defended the driver. Any suggestions?
The statute that applies is:
s. 316.1945 – Stopping, Standing, or Parking Prohibited in Specified Places
(1) Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or official traffic control device, no person shall:
(b) Stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or passengers:
6. On an exclusive bicycle lane.
Assuming the bus is passing and moving right legally, the actions of the bus driver appear to be in compliance with the law. Discharging passengers onto a bike lane could endanger the persons exiting the bus and passing cyclists.
I recommend that you treat these situations the same as if you were driving a car in the right lane of a multi-lane roadway and a bus stopped in front of you. Wait until a safe and legal opportunity to move into the adjacent lane to pass.