A simple poll plus more discussion questions. Answer either or both ways as you prefer. Note that you can check more than one answer, if your answer is that it depends.
Almost all bike lanes are only indended for directing THROUGH cyclists through an intersection. In the presence of a bike lane, then, what is the expectation for cyclists going some other direction, especially turning left? That's the poll question. (I would merge to a vehicular left-turn position.) A follow-up question is, how are cyclists educated about this - osmosis, word of mouth, efforts by advocacy groups and/or city governments, all of the above, others? How about motorists?
It occurred to me recently that back before I was a bike commuter, at which time I was at most only an infrequent recreational cyclist on neighborhood streets, I had never encountered a bike lane on my bike. I remember that one of the the first times I encountered one as a car driver, I found one intersection to be extremely confusing, where it became dashed and went out into the road to the left of a right-turn only lane. Could that be safe? What if the cyclist really wanted to turn right? Or left? Were they allowed to leave the bike lane to do so? Was I, the car driver, allowed to go through it to turn right? What if I, the car driver, wanted to turn right from a general travel lane that had a bike lane on its right? What am I supposed to do?
Since I've became a largely vehicular commuting cyclist, I am no longer able to imagine how a beginning cyclist would learn the answers to these questions in an area where there are a lot of bike lanes. Or how motorists in those places learn, since I am not in on of those places. Hence this thread.