[Edit: I've added the pictures in the latest post if you want a look]
What do I do, or what should I do?
Around where I live and where I like to bike, there are technically bike lanes along the side of the road. However, these ‘bike lanes’ are the same width as a parking lane and disappear and reappear around intersections. It seems that the local council have decided since there is a space there, to conveniently paint on the road, a picture of a cyclist over the lane separating the ‘bike lane’ from the driving lane.
So, considering the convenient width of this lane, people always park in it. I don’t mind riding in this lane, as it is wide enough and generally free of debris, but I find that I have to frequently go into the car lane to move around parked cars. This of course is a tad dangerous. If I can, as soon as I see the parked car I move into the other lane if there is no car, trouble is, these damn cars are so much faster than me, so I can’t always hear or see them coming up behind me before I swerve in front of them.
Along the same idea, there seems to be a few other lanes around the place that just disappear for some reason. Some just suddenly stop at an intersection and some gradually get thinner and thinner until non-existent. What is the safest way that you guys have found to merge into other lanes of traffic?