In Mississauga we have the Burnhamthorpe trail. It's a multi-use trail and most cyclist use it. This could apply to truely dedicated cycle paths as well so here goes:
When a bike path intersects a road which has advanced right turn signals, I find it very dangerous. The Burnhamthorpe at the corner of Mavis in Mississauga is a good example. You ride along the Burnhamthorpe trail heading west and then you stop at the corner of Mavis. Once the Mavis traffic going through has stopped there's an advanced left turn green for Burnhamthorpe. But at the same time there's an advanced green for the right turn lane going from Mavis south onto Burnhamthorpe west.
So while you wait for the traffic to clear there's always some bozo coming down Mavis in the right turn lane trying to make it before it goes red. By the time he reaches the corner the light is green for straight ahead traffic on Burnhamthorpe as well as the cyclists on the trail. But that same bozo will almost always be perfectly timed to intersect the cyclists crossing the intersection.
It's always the same problem; some nutcase in the right turn lane trying to make his right turn before the light goes red, and ends up running the red light.
I already reported one hit and run at that corner where a black Camry hit a cyclist and sped away. And just this morning while I come up upon that intersection heading the other way I notice a police car, a chevy Impala and a cyclist in close proximity in the Petro Canada gas station lot on the corner. I can only assume thee cop was writing up an accident report.
After refelecting on this I believe that these types of intersections should be banned. If you have a bike path intersecting a street, the right turn lane should be removed from that street.
Burnhamthorpe and Mavis is a notoriously dangerous intersection because of the volume of traffic, speeds and the poorly planned intersection. I honestly think that removing the right turn lane on the north side, where the bike path crosses, would significantly reduce the number of car vs. bike and car vs. pedestrian accidents.