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Old 05-23-13, 10:57 PM   #26
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I'm really not following Joey's account on his one lane road with a bike lane. Is this road designated a one way or has it the capability to have two way traffic?
OK...I captured some frames from old videos. Unfortunately, the incident was out of the video frame today.
The top frame shows the "Before the bike lane" view with a rider almost precisely where I nearly got struck today by a truck that was approaching from behind a van where that white SUV is sitting. Maybe there is enough room for a small car to squeeze between the SUV and the parked van, but I have never witnessed it at this location.

The bottom image shows the same spot as it appears now. Notice the parking space is gone - plenty of space for any vehicle to pass on the right and almost looks designed to make the maneuver easy. The bike lane goes from solid to dashed at this spot too which in my opinion encourages cars to cross it and pass on the right.

BTW...there is no right turn possibility at that light. A hard right puts us in a pedestrian mall.

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My take on it would be that I would "Formation Fly" through that intersection. Which is what I call it when I'm riding to the right of the main flow of traffic out of the main traffic lane and when approaching a dangerous intersection where I know there is danger of cars pulling to the right and side-swiping me I pick a gap between the rear of one car and the front of the other and position myself directly to the right of that gap with the front of my front tire a foot or two behind the rear bumper of the forward car and hold that position either slowing down or putting in a burst of speed "mashing on the pedals" to maintain that position so I don't have a car pull into me and I've got the gap between two cars on my left rather then a car on my left while traveling through the approach to the intersection and at least the first half of the intersection itself.

That is how I would handle that intersection, assuming of course that the speed limit on that road is not 25mph or less and that it is a higher speed road for heavy vehicle traffic in the main lane then that. If it is a 25mph road or less then I'm in the main traffic lane dead center regardless of whether there is a bike lane or not and pedaling strong and hard to maintain my speed above 20mph unless I have to slow down because of those big metal cans blocking up the lane in front of me and impeding traffic (me).
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Same bike lane at rush hour (one block west of my near-death experience today).

Just in case you think I am the only idiot on the road here.

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My take on it would be that I would "Formation Fly" through that intersection. Which is what I call it when I'm riding to the right of the main flow of traffic out of the main traffic lane and when approaching a dangerous intersection where I know there is danger of cars pulling to the right and side-swiping me I pick a gap between the rear of one car and the front of the other and position myself directly to the right of that gap with the front of my front tire a foot or two behind the rear bumper of the forward car and hold that position either slowing down or putting in a burst of speed "mashing on the pedals" to maintain that position so I don't have a car pull into me and I've got the gap between two cars on my left rather then a car on my left while traveling through the approach to the intersection and at least the first half of the intersection itself.
Exactly how I USUALLY do it. The front vehicle (a van) was totally stopped at a green waiting for a break in traffic. The offending vehicle was "virtually" stopped behind the van, then after slowing to less than 5 mph (in my estimation) must have looked up from their phone to see the light green and the wide open space to the right. From nearly a stop he mashed the accelerator and cut the wheel to the bike lane - just like a hit-man would if he was TRYING to kill me.

The street was wet so I was traveling cautiously at around 15 mph.
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Same bike lane at rush hour (one block west of my near-death experience today).

Just in case you think I am the only idiot on the road here.



Personally, myself, the only reason I would put myself in the position where you were at the instant when that photo was taken is if all those vehicles were waiting for a red light and stopped and boxed in by each other so they weren't moving and could easily and quickly turn into me. I only filter up or pass on the right in the bike lane or on the shoulder edge when the cars are stopped and "boxed in" by each other so their movements are restricted. If that is a moving image I and all those vehicles are moving not stopped I wouldn't be where you are, I would be in the main lane holding a full car width of space even if it slowed me down with all those darn cans impeding traffic (me). Better to be slowed down and have some breathing room. I learned along time ago with a few close calls to never filter up or pass on the right even when in a dedicated cycle lane or riding to the right of the white line on the shoulder except when the cars are stopped and all "boxing each other in". Just not worth it unless they are boxed in tight and can't make a move on me.
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Personally, myself, the only reason I would put myself in the position where you were at the instant when that photo was taken is if all those vehicles were waiting for a red light and stopped and boxed in by each other so they weren't moving...
Those cars were stopped at a light.
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It is obvious from the pictures, that no one in Montana, gives a darn about the bike lanes.
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Joey - if you are on a street with parking, cars will frequently use a gap in parked cars to swing wide around a left turner.

regular, commonplace traffic maneuver. motorists pilot their vehicle thru whatever slot provides faster forward progress.

Motorists pulling around turning left turners stopped in the road is a commonplace, everyday traffic maneuver.

It's not the bikelane, dude. It's a clear case of "negligent driver + poor rider awareness."

For an aspiring traffic jammer, i'm surprised a basic squeeze scenario threw ya for a loop!!~
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Those cars were stopped at a light.
Not a problem then in my opinion. I could see the brake lights on most of the cars were on but I wasn't sure because I couldn't see what the light color was. It is after all the bike lane.

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It is obvious from the pictures, that no one in Montana, gives a darn about the bike lanes.
Although I can't be sure I seriously doubt that picture was taken in MT - that is Joey's picture not mine.
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Motorists pulling around turning left turners stopped in the road is a commonplace, everyday traffic maneuver.
I never denied your statement. Why the bold type?

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OK...I am still with you on that. It takes two to make an accident. The percentage of blame might not be even, but I accept 100% of the blame for whatever happens to me the instant I throw my leg over a bicycle in a world populated by idiots piloting large armored vehicles. But the NEW bike lane has changed that intersection dynamics.

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Because I was very nearly (inches away) maimed doing something ordinary on my bike. I figured there were some good A&S lessons to be learned from my experience here:

1. Running a flashing front light in the daytime has been awesome for me and might be something to think about for others.

2. Even a savvy commuter with 30+ years of experience in rush hour city traffic can still get himself killed under very ordinary circumstances.

3. A painted bike lane, in this case, made one intersection in my city more dangerous in my opinion.

4. Roads are always changing. What was a no-brainer last week might be a death trap this week.

5. Missing one detail in traffic might kill you.
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Your takes on this folks?
Ok, it's basically a two way street with a bike lane on one side. Would I be correct in assuming that the motorist that nearly hit you was going in the same direction as you?
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Ok, it's basically a two way street with a bike lane on one side. Would I be correct in assuming that the motorist that nearly hit you was going in the same direction as you?
Yes. He rolled up behind the vehicle at the light ahead (the white SUV in my photos was actually a white van during the incident) as if he were waiting in the queue to make a left turn as well. He rolled nearly up to the van at the light and very nearly stopped. Basically, he fooled me. Then, like a trained, professional hit-man he lurched into the bike path at the EXACT worst instant for me to do anything about it.

Granted, as Bek stated, I should have been positioned differently and ready for assault. To my credit I am running a bright strobe up front which may have been the difference maker with mere inches to spare.

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Yes. He rolled up behind the vehicle at the light ahead (the white SUV in my photos was actually a white van during the incident) as if he were waiting in the queue to make a left turn as well. He rolled nearly up to the van at the light and very nearly stopped. Basically, he fooled me. Then, like a trained, professional hit-man he lurched into the bike path at the EXACT worst instant for me to do anything about it.

Granted, as Bek stated, I should have been positioned differently and ready for assault. To my credit I am running a bright strobe up front which may have been the difference maker with mere inches to spare.

Now the picture in my mind is much clearer, and I can relate to this type of scenario. You said that you were operating your bike at around 15 mph, which I feel is a pretty fast pace when operating in those confines. In my locale, and with my reflexes, I usually operate at about half the speed when coming upon a similar scenario. YMMV
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They say "speed kills". Slower would have been better I agree.
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this: "Bike lanes are cool but we are never safe. Sometimed they offer a dangerous sense of false security"
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i think the design of that bike lane is particularly bad since the broken line and widening encourages the right-side pass.
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this: "Bike lanes are cool but we are never safe. Sometimed they offer a dangerous sense of false security"
I have felt that way, for a long time.
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Although I can't be sure I seriously doubt that picture was taken in MT - that is Joey's picture not mine.
I should have noticed, from the way the buildings look. It looks like the French Quarter, unless that is period/style of all buildings in New Orleans.
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Joey, ya gotta change behavior there, now. Passing on the right just got a lot more dangerous. Time to start moving left while approaching that location.

I haven't studied the overall environment, but, at first glance, I don't think I would have welcomed that BL.
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I haven't studied the overall environment, but, at first glance, I don't think I would have welcomed that BL.
the pic with traffic suggests it is a door zone bike lane.

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the pic with traffic suggests it is a door zone bike lane.
Yes. People should know better by now.

How do they make these decisions, and who approves designs, in Nawlins, Joey? Do they have public meetings? Does anyone attend?
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Yes. People should know better by now.

How do they make these decisions, and who approves designs, in Nawlins, Joey? Do they have public meetings? Does anyone attend?
Yes and yes. Meetings last 20 years, then they still screw it up. The bike lane in my photos was promised forever, then at the last minute denied. Local bike groups got together in protest so the engineers, AFTER everything else was in place, were forced by the city to patch together a "bike lane".

Still a Caribbean nation for the most part, but they are really trying and doing some good in other locations around NOLA.
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In defense of the truck driver ... he did realize in time that he could cause damage/hurt and stopped. His mistake was not looking fully before trying to pass. Maybe he did look, but you were in his blind zone. In any case, when he saw that he was going to collide with you, he stopped. We can fault him for not checking fully, but have to admit that he did the right thing when it mattered. There are not too many of us who would not want to pass on the right to go around left-turning traffic.

From the pictures, that's a tough street to ride upon. A lot of the bike lane is in the door-zone. To be somewhat safe, you have to ride on the left white line tdo make sure some idiot doesn't open his door into you.

Glad you're safe. Consider a bright rear strobe also. Wouldn't hurt - might help.
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Glad you're safe. Consider a bright rear strobe also. Wouldn't hurt - might help.
From my very first post that started the thread:

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Nothing I have ever done to my bike or my clothing has made such a huge difference in getting seen and respected than a bright strobe up front during the day. I will soon compose a post here in A&S with my feelings and experience on the strobe. Fantastic! I am certain he saw it out of the corner of his eye through the rear glass or the mirror and had a reflex reaction to stomp the brake.
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Yes and yes. Meetings last 20 years, then they still screw it up. The bike lane in my photos was promised forever, then at the last minute denied. Local bike groups got together in protest so the engineers, AFTER everything else was in place, were forced by the city to patch together a "bike lane".

Still a Caribbean nation for the most part, but they are really trying and doing some good in other locations around NOLA.
Sigh. Got it.

New Orleans is on my list of "urban treasures relentlessly screwed up by creepy and incompetent people" -- foreign (USACE) and domestic (long list).

Another prime location to start de-prioritizing auto traffic.
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