Part of my regular commute northbound to Joondalup involves my riding through the intersection of Oceanside Promenade and Ocean Reef Road, Mullaoo. The approach to this roundabout for northbound cyclists is via a rather wide approach which makes “claiming the lane” more difficult. In some ways I have been “lucky” at this roundabout as I turn left on Ocean Reef Road however if I was going right I suspect that on some days I wouldn’t be so “lucky.”
My latest experience with this roundabout can be seen from the following video. I thought I had claimed the lane but as you can see clearly not. So, here I am putting it out there for advice on how best to handle these sorts of wide approaches to roundabouts. For some reason this roundabout is much worse than a similar wide roundabout approach at the intersection of Northshore Drive and Whitfords Avenue, Hillarys as when I am southbound claiming the lane here generally results in motorists being safe and considerate.
Also if anyone can clarify the legal side of things as well that would be appreciated. For example in this video, the first motorist clearly broke the law crossing the double white lines, but is the pass by the Nu-Style Lighting employee unlawful? It was very scary having the van coming pass like that, and for what a second or two time saving?
Please share your thoughts below in the comments section. Do I need to ride wider than I am?