A video of a tram driving very close behind a cyclist in Brussels – which triggered an intense discussion in the EUCG committee – pros and cons.
[12 Sep 2019, The Brussels Times, Link]
A video of a tram driving very close behind a cyclist in Brussels has been shared on Twitter with Brussels transport company STIB, questioning if the driver was behaving properly at that time.
The video – shared with the company on Tuesday – shows a cyclist riding on the bicycle lane on the Chaussée de Charleroi, while a tram driver follows close behind blasting the horn.
“Say, @STIBMIVB… article 33 of the highway code, what does your driver think? Not to mention the oppressive, dangerous and uncivilized side? (Plus, the cyclist who rides in the designated area of the road!),” the video’s recorder said on Twitter.
Dis, @STIBMIVB … l’article 33 du code de la route, ton chauffeur il en pense quoi? Sans compter le côté oppressant, dangereux et le manque de civilité ? (Plus, le cycliste qui roule à l’endroit désigné de la chaussée!) #mobility #stib #fail @ProVelo_be @SmetPascal pic.twitter.com/WZB0IQsUcT
— KFCWF (@kfcwf) September 10, 2019
According to STIB, however, the driver may have been uncourteous, was not at fault.
“As soon as it is possible, vulnerable road users have to make way for the tram,” STIB replied to the initial message on Twitter.
By honking, other road users must give priority to the tram. STIB added that while it regrets that the behaviour of the driver in question is not courteous, the driver is not at fault
The Brussels Times
The Brussels Times could have made a better job and make some effort to research on the topic.
Here’s the view from Nieuwsblad.be (translated from Dutch with Google)
What about now: does a cyclist have to step aside for a tram?
Ghent – “If there is a tram behind you, just continue cycling. You don’t have to step aside quickly. ”That is stated in a new code of conduct from the Ghent Cycling Association. De Lijn confirms: “If you can move aside, please. If it is not safe, ignore the tram. ”
Tram versus bicycle: who needs to step aside? It is a question that many Ghent cyclists ask themselves. The situation is recognizable: you cycle in the Nederkouter towards the center, and a tram pops up behind you. The driver starts a thorough phone call. What should you do?
Nothing, it turns out. You can just continue cycling. This is how it appears in a new list of rules of conduct for cyclists in Ghent . This was drawn up by the Fietsersbond, because “the rise in Ghent’s bicycle use is sometimes accompanied by growing pains”.
That’s right, the police say. “There are two articles of the law,” said spokesperson Matto Langeraert. “ The road code says that every road user must give priority to rail vehicles and must ‘remove himself from the tracks as quickly as possible’. But there is also an article that says that the driver of a rail vehicle must slow down “when there is a danger.”
The law therefore does not provide a definitive answer. “No. Wherever possible, a cyclist should actually step aside. But it depends on the street you drive. For example, in the Nederkouter it is not always possible to deviate. We therefore count on the courtesy of cyclists and tram drivers. “
Experience shows that tram drivers do not restrain themselves from ringing. “We ask to go aside where possible. But that is not enforceable,“says Marianne Thysebaert of De Lijn. “If it is difficult or dangerous to move aside, the vehicle must adjust.”
“If a cyclist judges that it is not safe to divert, he may continue to ride in front of the tram. Even if it calls, yes. The cyclist can ignore that. We don’t want people to panic and end up in the tracks. ”
What do you think about this?
Is this the fault of the person on the bicycle?
Or the tram driver?
How do you feel when tram is behind you?
Share your opinion in the comments below!