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Old 04-24-12, 10:12 AM   #1
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Left turn from major street to minor street?

Want to start commuting to work soon, and most roads I'll be taking are 2-lane roads. However there is one major road I'll have to go on for a short distance. This is a 5-lane road, 2 lanes each direction, with center turn lane. Going to work I'll have to turn left off of this road onto a 2-land road at a traffic light. Coming back home I'll turn left off of this road to a 2-lane road with NO traffic light.

At the light: do I pass the minor road to my right, then wait for the green and cross the major road? Or do I take the center turn lane and wait for clear oncoming traffic or left turn arrow (as cars do)?

Not at a light: do I continue on past the minor road and cross the major road perpendicular when traffic is clear both ways? Or do I take the center turn lane and wait for clear oncoming traffic as cars do?

This major road is 45 MPH but many people regularly go over 60 MPH. I'll be riding on the right side of the right lane, and crossing to the middle turn lane sounds VERY risky to me.
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Old 04-24-12, 10:15 AM   #2
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Those speeds don't really phase me that much. I would generally take it like I would in a car unless the traffic was particularly fast and busy. Then I might consider turning right and then using a light to cross. Can't remember the last time I couldn't take a left like I would in a car though, particularly with a left turn lane/center lane
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When turning right from the 2-lane road with no light onto that major road in my car in the morning, I have sometimes had to wait nearly 60 seconds for traffic to clear enough for me to make a right turn, if that's any indication what the traffic is like in the morning. It can get crazy at times.
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Either technique is valid and legal (at least around here). Do whichever you feel is safe.

I have a sorta similar situation turning in to my office when riding there. If there's enough of a break in the traffic, I scoot over to the left turn lane, if not, I ride through the intersection and get the light. Comes in about 50/50.
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