PH wrote:What if it'd been a bus in a bus lane? Or a pedestrian on the footway? Would those blaming the cyclist feel the same?
My interpretation is that the cyclist was using the cycle lane as intended and the motorist should only have crossed it when it was clear to do so.
The cyclist might have done better at predicting that possibility, but it doesn't IMO put them in the wrong. I'd like to say I would have, but I don't always ride as well as I some think they do.
I broadly agree with this, but I like to think that if it had been me on the bike I would have been taking care of the things that I would have had direct control over, and I would have seen that indicator as a warning to proceed only with extreme caution. The cyclist showed no anticipation of what was unfolding. Poor survival skills. Possibly due to inexperience. Saying that the cyclist got something wrong does not mean that you have to say the driver did nothing wrong. The driver should have stayed out of the cycle lane until it was clear, and they cocked that up. So on reflection I suppose the driver's error was the primary cause of the mishap, and the cyclist (essentially the victim) could have saved himself the fall if he had showed better anticipation. That latter point matters because it is a survival skill that we should all cultivate for our own benefit, not to let anyone else off the hook.