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Old 03-15-07, 02:07 PM
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Bike Lane Question

On a street near my house is this bike lane.



Does this mean you're supposed to ride up on the sidewalk? BTW, the intersection this is before is pure hell, it has a right turn only lane, the next lane over is a straight or right turn lane, so there's no really good area to ride through it anyway.

I don't ride this way myself as it's too unnerving, but I've always been curious what this means.
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Old 03-15-07, 02:12 PM
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I dunno. And the pug looks confused, too.
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I think it means get off your bike. By the way, that's your little dog isn't it? I want him! Can you bring him next week on the night ride?
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Old 03-15-07, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by merider1
I think it means get off your bike. By the way, that's your little dog isn't it? I want him! Can you bring him next week on the night ride?
That's sort of what I think it means, too, except that the entrance there is angled in the direction to ride up the curb.

If I had one of those kiddie strollers I'd think about bringing him, except the butterball would probably attract coyotes.
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It's the passive way to end a bike lane so they can relieve themselves of any liability. If I was riding through there, I'd stay in the right lane for right turns, or take the entire center lane to going straight unless there was lots of high paced traffic. Then I'd get off the bike and walk it.
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I think it means you have to pass on right side...
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I think it means you have to pass on right side...
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I thought maybe it was a "forced perspective" bike lane to make it appear as though it continues on into infinity.

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Personally I think wherever the bike lane ends......heck your home.
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I think they just simply ran out of white striping paint.
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I ride in the lane of traffic, right in the space where a car would be. The most dangerous thing in the world is to keep popping in and out of traffic in order to avoid obstacles (parked cars, carrion) in the bike lane, or when the bike lane peters out like that, or magically transforms into a right-turn-only lane for cars. The safest thing is to operate your bike exactly as if you were driving an automobile.

The positive result of this is that other drivers give me a lot more respect on the road. They change lanes and give me a lot more clearance than if I were dutifully hugging the curb, and I simply feel safer overall.

The negative result is that I get honked at, cussed at, and given a great deal of unwanted (and incorrect) cycling advice from automobile drivers (including the police) mixed with some very hard to take and ugly profanity.

Nevertheless, in spite of the honking, cussing, and profanity, they still give me the clearance, and I feel a lot safer. And I figure if they're honking and cussing, the can't claim afterwards, "But, Your Honor, I just didn't SEE her!"

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Is that eastbound Corson approaching Lake? If I were turning right I'd take the right lane (probably all of it). If I were turning left I'd take the rightmost left-turn lane (probably all of it) that goes onto lake (rather than going onto the freeway). If going straight I'd take the rightmost thru-lane (again, probably all of it).

The stripe is probably intended to get you onto the sidewalk to navigate the intersection like a ped. I don't ride that way much, so I don't know if there's a sign before the lane disappears that attempts to provide some guidance.
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Is that eastbound Corson approaching Lake? If I were turning right I'd take the right lane (probably all of it). If I were turning left I'd take the rightmost left-turn lane (probably all of it) that goes onto lake (rather than going onto the freeway). If going straight I'd take the rightmost thru-lane (again, probably all of it).

The stripe is probably intended to get you onto the sidewalk to navigate the intersection like a ped. I don't ride that way much, so I don't know if there's a sign before the lane disappears that attempts to provide some guidance.
Yup, that's the one. I think there used to be a sign but it's been removed for some reason. I won't go that way, that intersection has too many accidents and deaths for my comfort, but I walk by it occasionally and it's always interested me as to what they intended for you to do there.
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Originally Posted by jpconrad

If I had one of those kiddie strollers I'd think about bringing him, except the butterball would probably attract coyotes.
Oh, don't tell me...he has one of those little butterball tummies that pugs get? I need a dog, a kitten, a lizard, a man...something to pet.
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Here's a picture of him and his wheenie.

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I've seen that one, very cute. Any other pics? Not to highjack your thread or anything...
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Originally Posted by jpconrad
If I had one of those kiddie strollers I'd think about bringing him, except the butterball would probably attract coyotes.

Maybe you could strap the butterball onto your top tube. You could teach him to bark whenever you want to pass someone on the left. That'll get their attention!

This guy rode with his two jack russells across the country:
https://www.bicycletouring101.com/TeamRussell.htm
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Originally Posted by Happytime
Maybe you could strap the butterball onto your top tube. You could teach him to bark whenever you want to pass someone on the left. That'll get their attention!

This guy rode with his two jack russells across the country:
https://www.bicycletouring101.com/TeamRussell.htm
He weighs more than my bike!
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Originally Posted by jpconrad
He weighs more than my bike!
Maybe something like this...


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Originally Posted by jpconrad

Now, that's a face I could
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Originally Posted by Happytime
Maybe something like this...
Nice, you even got the bike right!
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One of my friends pointed me in the direction of a really excellent book called, "Effective Cycling" by John Forester, which addresses this very issue. The author makes a very powerful argument for NOT using the bike lane or riding on sidewalks, but instead, operating your bike exactly as you would operate your car. In the end, this the safest way to go for cyclists. I've tried it both ways, and infinitely prefer riding in the lane of traffic, even though I get yelled at a lot.

I prefer having the respect of the other drivers, even though they don't like me very mucy for riding in the lane of traffic.

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Originally Posted by merider1
Oh, don't tell me...he has one of those little butterball tummies that pugs get? I need a dog, a kitten, a lizard, a man...something to pet.
I could lend you a cat or a spider. The ducks are probably too messy for your apartment.
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Maybe something like this...
That's hysterical, lady!
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