With news of a talk about the importance of cycling in urban environments due to take place next Friday April 21st at 11 am in the Archivo Municipal, Arrecife and the Tourist board actively promoting Lanzarote as a cycling destination, the following story is of great interest.
News has emerged of a Gran Canaria public transport "Global Bus" driver who was filmed overtaking a group of cyclists, occupying the oncoming traffic lane, as another cyclist, in the opposite lane was approaching him.
Fortunately, the cyclist realised that the bus was in his lane and managed to brake, and move away from the road.
Spanish Law states that vehicles must leave a space of at least 1.5 metres distance when overtaking cyclists and that if a car strikes a cyclist, it is always the motorists fault.
The incident occurred on the GC-500 coastal road in the south of Gran Canaria and there have been calls for the cyclists to provide information that might help in finding the driver, who is said to have “continued the manoeuvre 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.