Nothing happened as a result of this situation. However, I was curious as to the practical aspects of it. I’m not saying if I was on the bike or in the car, as to not prejudice the issue.
The street in question is straight, though with a slight downhill (this takes place on the downhill side of the street). There is a bike lane between a parking lane, by the curb, and the one lane of car traffic. As one of many, many bicyclists who use the bike lane, consistently going pretty fast because of the downhill, your view of the upcoming bike lane is slightly obscured; there’s a slight “jog” to the left because of the start of a “new” parking lane right after an intersection, and the first vehicle parked in said parking lane is large enough to somewhat obscure your view because of that “jog.” Note: bikes rarely, if ever, stop at this intersection because the direction in which the bike lane goes is the only “main” road; the other parts are side streets.
As you bike through the “jog” to the left, you see a car fairly close. It is mostly in the parking lane, but at an angle that puts part of it into the bike lane. However, it’s not much at all; you can easily bike past with the space left. The angle at which this car is in makes it evident that it’s either trying to parallel park (which could involve going in either direction, obviously) or pulling out of a parallel parking space.
Given there’s very little time to make any sort of decision or reaction, what, if any, are the bicyclist’s obligations in this situation? Regardless of his obligations, what SHOULD he be doing?
(I’m not asking about the car because either way, his obligations to watch the bike lane to make sure he’s not running anyone over are pretty clear.)