NJ: This is why drivers hate us so much
This is just a rant.
I was on an organized ride this past weekend down in the shore area with a lot of participants coming in from NYC. Some of the towns that was part of the route had police officers manning the intersections and letting cyclists through as they came in to take the turns which was great, but, some of the major intersections did not have police nor volunteers present to conduct traffic so we were on our own which was fine except for one that comes to mind since I was there as well. A group of cyclists (I hate being called a biker BTW) came upon a red light and I'm guessing they were there before any cars got there. There were probably 10 of them and as other cyclists started to pour in, a bunch of cars started to come into the intersection as well. There were a total of three lanes: two were left turn only and the other one was a right turn only lane. I believe the problem was that most of the cyclists were bunched together in the leftmost lane while others were on the middle lane and all were waiting to turn left. As a cyclist, I could only assume that when I make that left turn, I should immediately be going to the right side of the road so being in the leftmost lane will almost prevent me from moving right ASAP as soon as I make the turn. The motorists figured this out right away and shouted that all of the cyclists were on the wrong side of the road and we should all move all the way to the right lane which basically started an argument with one cyclist continuously yelling, "Share the road, share the road!!!"
I may be mistaken but I believe that those cyclists positioned on the leftmost lane should not have been there. I also believe that the proper positioning would have been the middle lane (or the right side of the middle lane) without going over and blocking the right turn lane.
Upon making the left turn, it was obvious that, at this point, the motorists were pissed and some obscenities were exchanged by both parties, although, it didn't go any further than that.
I believe this to be misinformation on both sides. Yes, we as cyclists do have a right to the road as much as any motorist but we also have to do our part and be diligent about where we are and how we conduct ourselves. The same holds true for motorists especially those that believe bicycles belong only on sidewalks and not be treated as anything other than a toy.