I had to make left turn on a pretty busy highway so I could stay on the right hand bike lane area or else I could not make the left turn. So I had to get over to the far left hand lane. I didn't go right over in front of cars but still stayed in the right hand bike lane until I was able to get over. Where I was at if I went any further on the right hand bike lane I would of been going toward the interstate and thats illegal in most states and I wouldn't even want to try it if it was legal.
So I had to basically slow down a lot and just about stop or else I would be going on the interstate because there was still about 5 cars coming really fast on left hand side of me so I couldn't change lanes quite yet or else I would risk going in front of them.
After that I was able to get over fine. I didn't go all the way over yet because I wanted to stay in the right hand bike lane as much as possible. As I came up to my left hand turn, that I had to make I tried to get over but couldn't. I did extend my hand out a little, not enough to have it get chopped off by a car passing by on my left really quickly. So I kept on going until I was able to get over. The light to go straight instead on left, was still red and was just about to turn green. I didn't want to go straight though. Of course as I was going somewhat slower and now taking up the whole lane because I had to get over to the left land to make my left turn I had one car beeping the horn at me.
When I got over a few second later like 3 to 7 seconds the light just turned green and traffic just started moving. So its not like I was blocking the car from going straight while the light was green slowing everyone else who was behind that car as well.
I am now finally in the turning lane and someone rolls down their window and says its illegal to ride your bike in the street. I just say ok because plenty of people like to say this. Though I know not everyone.
What else am I suppose to do when making a left turn on my bike when their is only a right hand bike lane in every state with some states having a lot smaller right hand bike lanes than others.
By the way when I was taking the whole street lane the turning light to turn left was red and it had been red sense I got in it. Now when it turned green I couldn't get back over to my right so I could go back in the right hand bike lane because no cars would let me over after I extended my hand right after the light turned green. So I was forced to stay to my left as much as possible. I was trying as best as possible to not block cars by using the whole lane after the light went green.
If I would of been able to get over I would of gone back to my right hand bike lane. Of course the funny thing is this time a driver on the other side of the highway hand to curse and say get your bike out of the street. I thought it was funny because they wasted their energy to say that when I was not blocking traffic because I was as far left as I could be because after the light went green and I made my left turn safely I moved over as far left as possible so I wasn't taking the whole lane anymore. Its not like I take the whole lane constantly. The only reason I do it on turns is for safety reasons and so cars know what I am doing. If I am on side of a car when making a turn that could be dangerous for both of us.
To all the cyclist out there sorry for this topic being so long but do you think I was right or wrong with what I did ? Is there any other better way to make a left hand turn ? I am opening to suggestions.
Also is it really illegal to ride a bike in the street when making turns even if you go right back to your bike lane, to make sure you don't hold up traffic?
I live in the state of Louisiana because I know the state can make a difference. The person who rolled down their window before said I was suppose to ride on the sidewalk.
Why do so many people think bikes suppose to ride on the sidewalk when you could easily get hit on the sidewalk as well ? I had it happen a lot more when I rode on the sidewalk because drivers could not see me. I almost got hit once when ridding on the sidewalk.