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Old 01-25-16, 07:07 PM
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A motorist thanked me...

…for not blocking the righthand turn lane while I waited to go straight. This was on PCH in Newport Beach nonetheless. Cool!
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Very cool indeed! I've had them wave when I did that, but never had someone actually thank me!
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Originally Posted by bikeme
…for not blocking the righthand turn lane while I waited to go straight. This was on PCH in Newport Beach nonetheless. Cool!
Good work. There aren't enough of us considerate cyclists doing this. Pulled up behind two cyclists at stoplights yesterday and let them know there were right-turners behind us; happily, one of them made room for the motoristS behind. I wish the hostile A&S ninnies understood the power of a simple kind gesture.

I confess I always look in at the right turners to see if they're normal human beings, or $#itbirds in the middle of a text when I do this. Average about 2 of the latter per month on my commute, so I give them the one-fingered peace sign.

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Nice. Sometimes the drivers going straight don't quite get it at first, but when they see the cars able to turn right they usually figure it out.

Too bad so many riders still block the right lane, not just casual riders on cruisers either, but serious roadies.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
I confess I always look in at the right turners to see if they're normal human beings, or $#itbirds in the middle of a text when I do this. Average about 2 of the latter per month on my commute, so I give them the one-fingered peace sign.
Ha! Some young lady flipped a U right in front of me bombing down a hill about 2 months ago... nerve wracking for me but not especially dangerous. She and I ended up at the same red light, it's dark out and her face was nicely lit up with the blue glow of a smart phone. No rude gestures, but I got her attention and did the ol' "put that down" gesture and you've never seen anybody look so guilty. Fun times.
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I usually do this. However, sometimes idiots will pull up to the right of you and go straight... I usually just give them the WTF look and a WTF hand wave when they pass.
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Originally Posted by jimincalif
Nice. Sometimes the drivers going straight don't quite get it at first, but when they see the cars able to turn right they usually figure it out.

Too bad so many riders still block the right lane, not just casual riders on cruisers either, but serious roadies.
i've gotten my share of drivers honking up a storm from behind until a car passes on the right and turns.
i will usually turn around, establish eye contact, smile and touch my index finger to my helmet. their epiphanic "oh"
look is always worth a dozen honks.
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Originally Posted by corrado33
I usually do this. However, sometimes idiots will pull up to the right of you and go straight... I usually just give them the WTF look and a WTF hand wave when they pass.
fortunately, this happens less (to me) than i realistically think it should. i chalk it up to increased driver awareness and/or drivers hypnotized by the fugly kit.
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There is a sweetspot in every intersection; one that permits right-turners to pass, yet still out of the way of those going straight. It feels "a little too far forward" and is indeed sometimes on the forward edge of the crosswalk, but is still somehow safe and courteous to all concerned.
It's also a lot more comfortable and serene than obstructing right-turning motorists, desperately looking forward without glancing to either side, like some Harley wannabe-outlaw on his way to his third-strike felony, pretending not to see those one is inconveniencing.
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Old 01-26-16, 07:17 PM
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I pretty much always stop behind cars that have their right signals on.

If they don't then I pass on the right and will either go right up to the intersection, or wait behind the first car who's signaling. When I start up I make sure I'm positioned right behind the turning car so as to not get right hooked by anybody behind me.

I will also get out of the way of a car that follows me at the intersection IF they use a signal and will signal them it's OK to turn. If they don't signal, too bad I'm not moving.
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I usually stay near the curb. Most cars wait anyway. Some may turn, or I might wave them on. It isn't a big deal either way, although they should wait once the light turns, which can be hard to predict when it will happen.

Trucks pulling trailers are dangerous and should always wait.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
There is a sweetspot in every intersection; one that permits right-turners to pass, yet still out of the way of those going straight. It feels "a little too far forward" and is indeed sometimes on the forward edge of the crosswalk, but is still somehow safe and courteous to all concerned.
It's also a lot more comfortable and serene than obstructing right-turning motorists, desperately looking forward without glancing to either side, like some Harley wannabe-outlaw on his way to his third-strike felony, pretending not to see those one is inconveniencing.
Chris, the spot you described is exactly where I was and like to wait whenever possible.
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Sometimes you can safely pull a quick U-turn via the crosswalk -- counterclockwise in front of the stopped cars, and then ride around behind the right-turners to let them go through.
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I did that today, pulled forward half way into the cross walk in the "go straight" lane so the right turn lane people could turn, and the dude didn't go. Weird. I'm not a fan of telling people what to do, so I didn't make a fuss but I know I sure would have turned right in that situation.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
I did that today, pulled forward half way into the cross walk in the "go straight" lane so the right turn lane people could turn, and the dude didn't go. Weird. I'm not a fan of telling people what to do, so I didn't make a fuss but I know I sure would have turned right in that situation.
My SOP is to be on the left side of or more usually, dead on the RT lane stripe with plenty of room for someone to make a right turn.

I'd say it's average that about 40-60% of the right turners won't take advantage of the fact that you have cleared the lane even if you wave them on.

I do get a "thank you" about twice a year.
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Old 01-31-16, 01:52 AM
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Originally Posted by f4rrest
Sometimes you can safely pull a quick U-turn via the crosswalk -- counterclockwise in front of the stopped cars, and then ride around behind the right-turners to let them go through.
I see guys do this but more times than not it's a very half-hearted u-turn. Looks more like a wobble out of straight line and comes off looking like running a red.
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Being considerate on the bike also works while driving a car.

I drive behind a car that is at a stop light on the right lane. But his car is positioned so that I cannot move to the right make a right turn. Plenty of room to do it.
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Originally Posted by Garfield Cat
Being considerate on the bike also works while driving a car.

I drive behind a car that is at a stop light on the right lane. But his car is positioned so that I cannot move to the right make a right turn. Plenty of room to do it.
Here's an intersection near my house: (Youngwood & Colima) https://www.google.com/maps/@33.9548...7i13312!8i6656

The city recently re-striped it to allow for two lanes, both of which may turn left (there is an unbelievable number of cars at 8 am and 2:45 pm leaving the high school about a block away), so it's GREAT for them during that time frame, but ... the rest of the time, if you're turning left, please use the left turn lane. I turn right to get to my house and frequently sit behind a single car waiting to turn left. It's a very minor annoyance obviously but people just don't think when they're driving.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
It's a very minor annoyance obviously but people just don't think when they're driving.
I had a few traffic tickets in my time and had to go to traffic school. Latest one was an online school. I cannot recall these types of topics addressed in the classes.
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Originally Posted by bikeme
A motorist thanked me...
Why didn't you state something more believable, like "I saw a Yeti today!"

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