This black BMW on stokes croft may appear to be a classic example of a selfish car driver, more concerned with a short walk to their destination than the safety and convenience of others. By blocking the bike lane it forces cyclists into the single lane highway alongside it.
But in fact, this is a safety facility.
Because look the other way. As the junction is approached, cars pull in to the bike lane before making a left turn. If you were cycling down there, you'd be at risk of having the left-turning vehicles squashing you.
By making you merge into the single lane -and stopping that left turn lane beginning early, the BMW is creating a safe junction for everyone. Which goes to show -appearances can be deceptive.