Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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If traffic speeds and patterns (platoons and breaks) permit, I use the left-turn lane. Otherwise, I ride straight ahead through the intersection and stop a bit short of the far side. If traffic lanes approaching from my right include a right-turn-only lane, I stop just short of it. I lift the wheels of the bike, orient it to face in my new desired direction of travel, and proceed straight ahead through the intersection as traffic and controls permit. This is also a great timesaver if you know that you will get a straight-ahead green light in your current direction, and then in your new direction, before you receive a left-turn arrow.
The additional complication is that some left-turn arrows cannot be triggered by bicycles. You could get stranded for quite awhile, depending on traffic patterns and traffic signal responses.
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069