All right steming from tonights ride (no need to explain) and getting yelled at, here is a safety question.
I am decending a steep road where at the bottom I have a left turn. The road is quite busy and 35 - 40 MPH is normal on a bike on this road. I always ride in the right 1/3rd of the road which pisses many of the other riders in the group off because I "should be on the line". At 35 MPH I do not feel safe on the line, expecially after getting stuck between a car and the curb last week.
At the bottom I am looking for an opening in traffic. I am going 36 MPH and approaching the left turn with a red light straight and turn very fast. I am looking and traffic is not leting me it. Behind me the rest of the group (about 100 feet back) see no openings so they slow down into an opening. I am about 50 feet from the light and see a small opening to get into the turn lane. I move behind a car but out of nowhere a truck is comming up fast behind me, I never saw him. He had to slam on his brakes it seems and it scared people in the group. I got throughly yelled at again back at the cars for that move.
When you are in a simular situation what is the best way to approach. Basically meaning how do you handle having the cross a very fast and busy lane to make a left. Note I was signling the whole time, trying to get someones attention. I guess they thought I was waving.