Local news reports focus on how “fortunate” it was that the oncoming cyclist “realised in time” that the bus was in his lane and “managed to brake, and [move] away from the road.”
According to Spanish Law, vehicles are obliged to leave a separation of at least 1.5 meters distance when overtaking cyclists.
The incident occurred on the GC-500 coastal road in the south of Gran Canaria and there have apparently been calls for several of the cyclists to provide information that might help locate the driver, who is said to have “continued the maneuver in spite of the indications of the athletes.”
It is reportedly the first time that a Global Bus vehicle has been involved in an incident with cyclists.
Accidents suffered by cyclists, usually tourists and sportspeople either enjoying their holidays or who come to the island to prepare for the cycling competitions season, all too often can result in serious injury or potentially even death, say Spanish news portal Maspalomas Ahora.
We’d be interested in your thoughts on this one. Under Spanish law, if a car strikes a cyclist, it is always the motorists fault. There may be some drivers, however, who feel that cyclists do not help improve the situation when they ride two or three abreast (sometimes more) occupying the entire lane, when there is clearly space to pass safely. The law may say that riding in a pack is perfectly legal, but it is understandable that drivers may get frustrated when that pack is stretched out the entire length of the hill. Motorists complain that cyclists act with impunity, often threateningly, and rarely think the rules of the road also apply to them.
Safety first? Yes, absolutely. But it also incumbent on all road users to have appreciation for others on the highways, and to adhere to all the traffic laws, not just the ones that suit them.