I had a really close call when biking home last evening.. I was going west on 26Ave. SW, heading towards Killarney. There was a full size Calgary Transit bus that was stopping at the bus stops. He stopped in front of me the first time, I signalled and passed on his left. The second time he stayed behind me because I was approaching the next bus stop about the same time as him.. he passed me again and when I caught up he was pulled over into the bike lane, stopped at the lights at 29 Street, only leaving about 2 feet between the bus and the curb. I assumed he was pulling to the right ahead of time because there is a bus stop just on the other side of the intersection.. annoyed, I decided to ride by on the right (because I'm making a right turn on 29th), but right at the moment I was approaching the front of the bus, I realized that the doors were open and he was letting someone off before the bus stop. I barely had time to process this information in my head when I see a leg and body stepping off the bus!! It was an older lady, and I swerved and fortunately missed her! But I couldn't help but thinking if I was about 2 seconds further back, what might have happened.
So 2 things.. First, I was annoyed at myself for making the poor decision to ride by the bus on the right and almost hitting a person (especially an older lady), when I could have just waited.. and only lost ~30 seconds.
Second, I was annoyed at the bus driver who pulled across the bike lane to let somebody out BEFORE the actual bus stop..
Any thoughts as to what the rules are in this situation? I think "never pass a bus on the right" is probably the first one. :) I remember when I used to take Calgary Transit all the time that "nice" bus drivers will let you off at red lights if you ask politely... but I never really thought of it from the other standpoint. Seeing as there was no bus stop there, I did NOT expect a person to be getting off (although I will next time). So what are your thoughts? Is Calgary Transit pretty much allowed to cross back and forth on bike lanes at their leisure, or are they only allowed to do it at actual bus stops?
I'm not trying to blame the bus driver... again, I should have just waited instead of trying to prove my point. Drivers that pass you and then purposely squeeze over as close to the right as possible so you can't get back by them at red lights are a pet peeve of mine. That's what I thought he was doing.. I thought wrong.