I know most of the people here are from the US so I'll change the road way around so it's easier for you to help me (aren't I considerate).
Basically, I am looking for advice on how to make left turns, especially on multi lane roads. I am a bit unsure as to what is the safe and legal (may not be the same) way to do it which makes it even more dangerous.
So you would normally travel on the right most lane but to make a left turn you would eventually need to be in the left most lane...so the options are...
-Gradually make your way over to the left lane one lane at a time, taking care to signal each time and hoping you will get a break in traffic to move over in time for the turn. For this you may have a spend a little bit of time in each lane waiting for a gap.
-Approach the turn slowly in the right lane whilst looking for a gap that will take you straight into the left-most lane.
-Transfer onto the footpath before the turn and make use of the closest pedestrian crossing. At the moment I am leaning towards this option because I am thinking it is the safest but it is also the slowest because of the walking over the crossings. I'm not normally one to concern myself about what others think about me, but if I buy the road bike I have been dreaming of, I would feel a bit of a fool and a waste doing this too. But if it's the safest by far, then I'd still do it.
This leads to another question too. If you do change lanes, how far ahead of the turn should you do it? I imagine it would be a toss up between getting in position in time to safety make the turn as well as trying to piss off the least amout of motorists as possible (even though technically you have a right to, a pissed of anyone, especially a motorist is not a good thing).
I would also be interest in terms of what is the safest thing to do, and what is the best thing to do in a legal sense, especially if they differ.
A lot of these options I presume would be similar if riding on a busier single lane road in terms of lane position approaching a turn eg. if you normally right on the right part of the lane, you will need to migrate over to the left side of the lane to make a left turn.
Most of my riding is around streets that don't get a lot of traffic but I would like to get more comfortable riding with more cars. I think I would be right if I was just following the road, but I am a bit stumped about turning and changing lanes.
Alternatively, if there are any other threads around that I didn't find on my search, feel free to direct me to them please.
Thanks in advance for your help.