I was going for a long, but nice and easy ride today when I came to a pretty busy intersection and wanted to make a left turn.
So, since it is pretty busy, traffic is backed up a fair amount and moving slowly so it is not too difficult to move over to the left turn lane, as shown in the cute little graphic I made.
In the left turn lane, I was behind the 4th or so car, with a car closing in behind me. The light was about to change, so I didn't want to unclip from my peddles; I maintained some distance between me and the car in front and keep rolling. But, the car in front didn't make it in time for the green arrow, and opposing traffic started coming.
And still, opposing traffic had a big break coming in it so, again, I didn't want to unclip, I pulled up alongside the car in front of me and timed it just right so as the break in opposing traffic came, the car beside me and I would both enter the intersection at the same time and make the left turn side by side, again, as shown in the little graphic.
Unfortunately, this luxury car was populated with two past-their-prime women who both freaked out. Then as they turn on the street with a 25 mph speed limit, they drive, based on my computer, about 20mph. Then they decide they want to turn right, no signal of course, and I also was doing about 20mph which means I'm right behind them on the right. And as they turn, they mindfully slow down to a crawl in front of me, both giving me that, "oh my gosh" look.
Was I riding too aggressive? When I ride, I have two main goals; one being my safety and the other being as little impedance to traffic as possible.