I wasn't sure whether to post this question here or in the Vehicular Cycling subforum. I chose here.
4 lane, 40mph speed limit, bike lane http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=4...16236162361622 (the direction is on the other side of the median.) I ride at a max of about 17mph on this stretch. Sometimes the wind blows right up the middle and I hit maybe 12 or so. I turn left onto a side street and I've been wondering how to get over there. I've had a couple of sketchy moments when I try to get across traffic at the last minute to avoid holding up cars in the left traffic lane. I'm beginning to think that I should move over to the left traffic lane when I can and then move into the left turn lane, cars be damned.
I was almost hit today. I left the bike lane, merged with the right traffic lane, started to merge with the left traffic lane and then realized the guy doing 40 or 50 wasn't slowing down. Very scary. I always use hand signals to signal my intentions but short of putting a motor on my bike, or acting like a pedestrian and going to the intersection's crosswalks, I'm not quite sure what the safest thing for me to do is. Any pointers for me?