Then the following happens:
- Four lane road with bike lanes (northbound Regents Rd north of La Jolla Village Drive, between Regents Park Row and Executive Drive).
- Because fstd (faster same-direction traffic) is present, and I'm between intersections, I'm riding in in the margin (which happens to be demarcated as a bike lane).
- Approaching a midblock intersection with a driveway to a large condo/apartment complex.
- The fstd passing me is comprised of a single large SUV. No other same direction traffic in the vicinity.
What would you do? More to the point, what would you want your instincts to tell you to do? You're moving about 15 feet per second, so you're about 1.5 seconds back (if you maintain speed). There is not much time for analysis. All there is really time for is an instinctual reaction. Hopefully your situational awareness is tuned in. Assuming it is, what do you want your instinct to tell you to do? Keep going? Slow down and maybe even come to a complete stop?
- I notice the SUV that passed me, now up ahead, starting to slow as it approaches the driveway. It maintains lateral position (staying out of the bike lane).
- The SUV, about two car lengths ahead of me, has come to a complete stop at the driveway, still outside, to the left of, the bike lane. Brake lights are on. Right turn signal flashing. I'm moving 10-12 mph. The bike lane in front of me is clear.
What do you think I did?