The city has started to put bike boxes at some intersections, so they expect bicycles to move to the front of the line at a stoplight. I don't know how effective these are, and some cycling advocates say they're a bad idea.
some routes don't have any bicycle infrastructure. Here's another ride from about 4 years ago
1nterceptor - that was completely terrifying! I'm clearly not cut out for NYC bike commuting.
Guys - I think one thing to point out is we know what's best for us in a given situation. I mentioned it earlier but there's a different approach I sometimes take to avoid that intersection completely but it involves maybe 200' of salmoning. Depending on traffic that's a much safer approach for me.
We all feel differently about the what we do & how we do it and I have enjoyed hearing the different opinions and explanations.
For those freaking out about the filtering - it's legal here - nobody bats an eye over it. Whether it's safe in the given situation is another story. I felt safe while riding through that intersection, had my eyes on the front wheels of the cars on the left. I do think the perspective of the video adds some drama.
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I'm making decisions based on a catalog of policies as I pedal, not "making up laws" as I pedal. Laws are for people to control other people. I'm just concerned with my own behavior. You ride your ride.
Learning in this area is constant. So there is no Law Book. I left that in the dust while I was still a teenager. I'm 53 now and pursuing a direction that I know to be safer and more pleasant not only for me, but for drivers out there too.
I strive to filter in a way that's good for everybody. Filtering can be done in a less thoughtful manner. I don't get it right 100% of the time. If I filtered and then had 20 cars I had just passed get held up in a narrow lane waiting for a way around, that would make me feel bad inside. If something like that happens, as it does once in a while, I pay attention and generally avoid getting caught like that. Especially on my regular commute.
I do agree... we all must do what is safest for ourselves. Although... that doesn't always mean fastest or most convenient. Rarely... in my experiences has fastest been the safest. But I'll break the law... and gladly accept a ticket.... if that is what it takes to make it home safe and sound.
As for attitude,DC area cyclists are pretty regularly subjected to both ridicule and harassment,both online and IRL. We get blamed for everything,even by the cops;people have been struck by cars and then ticketed in the ER for not wearing a helmet,when the law states you don't need one over 16. And at the end of the day,no-one's been killed by a cyclist since 2009,yet every year drivers kill almost twice as many people as the murder rate. So yeah,we do have some 'tude.
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I have to take one of two intersections with a turn lane that offers a similar choice for me on my way home.
I have "filtered" between the turn lane and straight lane, gone in front of the other cars turning, and waited behind cars. It depends on how many cars are there, where in the light cycle when I arrive, if the straight or turn lane goes first, etc.
I tend to evaluate based on what seems safest at the time, and what gets me out of the way of cars the quickest. I have anecdotally observed that drivers are less angry when I go in front and quickly get out of the way enough for them to proceed vs be in the line of cars and slow them down longer.
in a democratic nation with civil rights putting oneself above unnecessary and/or flawed laws is a civic duty.how putting oneself above the law... is NOT rude (at least).
civic duty" actually means.