That lane is a way to die, as the left turn lane is to the right of it. If a bike turning left comes up the inside of a car which turns over it, death. If a bike tries to go straight on while a vehicle turns left, death. The safe option for this junction is to acquire and retain the entire left hand lane, then either turn left or go straight on (into the bike lane there), as appropriate. Yet the signage misleads bicycles and sets up the wrong expectation in cars
- By parking where it has, the van makes it clear to cyclists that they should not be in that lane.
- By taking up half the left turn lane, the van stops cars, buses and lorries from using that lane
- Therefore, it the lane becomes a bike-only lane. This is exactly what you need to get out of this junction alive.