I am new to commuting. So please pardon my ignorance on this subject.
I have started to ride on the roads around where I live. I have heard that riding a bike on the streets is like driving a car but it seems to be to be a bit different. Obviously you are traveling much slower and cars can run you over.
I need some advice about riding on roads. I try to stay off the busy streets taking back roads and such. I have been checking out Google maps and the biking routes in my area. I have two questions.
Below I have provided a link to an intersection near where I live. The road I will be traveling is the one headed from the bottom left to the top right (Lebanon rd). The road has a bike lane but the lane obviously ends due to the turning lane and later picks back up.
Question one: Am I crazy to try and cross this intersection? I assume not if there is a bike lane.
Question two: Exactly how do I cross this intersection? I would assume I would merge from the bike lane into the far right lane next to me and follow it through the intersection. I would “assume “ cars would not run me over trying to get to the turn lane. Also, another question would be if the light turns red would I stay in line in traffic of not? I assume I would.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!