I had to keep reminding me of watching for the vehicles coming from the opposite direction making left turn or U-turn in front of me, because I experienced the same many times. Many drivers cut you off when they see you are on a bike. Whenever a driver actually waited to let me pass before making the left turn, I knew (and proved right) that it's not because of me, but there was a vehicle following behind me, that made the opposite driver stop and wait. IOW, those drivers yield for other vehicles but not bikes.
(Side note: it's common in jay-walker pedestrians too: if they stopped to let me go through, chances are they saw a car behind me )
Required watching for anyone just starting out riding in NYC. A three minute video that shows how it really is, rather than what it should be.
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WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance.
Seems to me that video is more-so showing the crazy messenger-type cyclists weaving through traffic and running lights than it is showing just the everyday commuter. But man some of those motorists were ARSE HOLES!!
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***Caveat: I only know NY/NJ/PA and some CT stuff, so if it is different in the other 46, forgive me.****
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I just don't understand how it can be "failure to yield" if the oncoming car is not moving and/or you do not cause the oncoming car to slow or brake.
Why is it any different than turning left in a safe gap between two oncoming cars?
I also understand that the quick jumped left turn I used to do in the city using my youthful sharp reflexes to get in front of the oncoming car because he/she wasn't as quick off the line as me would be considered failure to yield.