On my commute, I go through a stoplight intersection at 29th and Bernard. Bernard has one lane each way, and no turn lane. However, there is enough room there for two lanes each way.
29th carries more traffic, so the stoplight is green by default for 29th. Traffic on Bernard tends to arrive in bunches, and often the first person in the line wishes to turn left. Obviously, this person has to wait for oncoming through-traffic to clear before making a left turn.
Ideally, everyone would queue up in one line. As soon as two facing people wanted to turn left, they could do so simultaneously. The light won't change to red until there are no more vehicles waiting to go, so the people wanting to go straight might have to wait a bit, but everyone would get through eventually.
In reality, the people in line behind the left-turner don't want to wait their turn in line, and begin passing on the right, sometimes at considerable speed. Even when facing another left-turner, a person planning a left turn is reluctant to proceed when it's possible that a vehicle could come zooming by on the edge and broadside them.
My question: when approaching this intersection, if there are vehicles in line, where do I position myself? If I simply roll up the right side to the stoplight, I'm doing what I don't like others doing: passing on the right like a chump who never learned to wait his turn in line, back in kindergarten. If I stop at the rear of the line of stopped cars and hold position until it really is my turn to go, people who planned on the up-the-sidelines maneuver find themselves stymied by a guy on a bicycle who mysteriously won't move until the vehicles to his 10 o'clock move :confused: Additionally, the oncoming left-turners often spot me and WON'T GO even when facing a left-turner themselves; they evidently think I'm going to dash up the right side myself! :roll: Grrrrr....
About the only foolproof option is to 1) arrive at the intersection first myself, so I'm legitimately at the front of the queue, or 2) join the left-turners myself and wait my turn with complete justification. I think I may write the traffic department and suggest that they put in a turn lane, actually, but I'm interested in hearing any thoughts on this.