Above is a link to Texas Street, one of our nice little hills in San Diego. It's no mountain, but it's in my daily commute, and I am right proud of my tubby self for making it up every day.
The south end is the top of the hill, btw.
From the intersection below, up to about where the bike lane on the southbound/uphill side goes dashed, and disappears entirely, is a little over 1/3 of a mile at an almost 12% grade.
You'll notice that right as the dashed bike lane disappears, there is a place for cars to make a right turn. There is a signal-controlled intersection a few feet ahead, where the hill levels off.
I have heard it said many times that when approaching a place where a right turn is allowed, one should move laterally away from the edge of the road to avoid a right hook. On this road, when I ride on it there are usually at least 1/2 a dozen right turners at the spot where the bike lane ends.
Also, I have read that when turning left at an intersection, one should either merge over one lane at a time, or do a pedestrian-style two-point left turn by going straight and crossing.
Is that how any of you VC advocates recommend handling this road?
FWIW, I don't move left of the dashed bike lane.
I am going all of about 3-4mph at this point, since it's a steep section, and I am already tired.
Cars that turn right pass me and turn in what would be a right hook, if I were going faster. But I'm not, so there's plenty of time/space.
Then when I get within a few feet of the intersection I verify that the car(s) behind are giving me ROW, and I chug straight through. If a car right hooked me, I could easily turn with them or roll off my bike into the plants on the side, since I am going so slowly.
Of course, this has never happened, and I feel safe all the way to the top of the hill.
Then, when I get to the top, and it levels out, I usually time the light so it's red. I merge across both through-lanes in one motion, after the left-turn lane has gone solid. I move accross the solid line of the left turn lane, and cut in line.
The car drivers often smile and wave. I have never had one angry about my "rude" behavior.
Is my cycling behavior here VC?