Making Turns

bad_bike_laneIntersections present special problems and unsafe conditions for cyclists, so when proceeding straight, moving to the center of the through lane is legal and recommended, even if a bike lane is present.

Cyclists are frequently subjected to a “right hook” by other drivers turning too closely in front of them.  Those motor vehicle operators are violating a number of laws and unnecessarily endangering the cyclist to simply save a few seconds.

Drivers are required to safely move as far right in the roadway to prepare for a right turn, even if that means moving into the bike lane.

Bicyclists are entitled to the use of the full lane being used to prepare for a left turn.

Category: Making Turns

bad_bike_laneIntersections present special problems and unsafe conditions for cyclists, so when proceeding straight, moving to the center of the through lane is legal and recommended, even if a bike lane is present.

Cyclists are frequently subjected to a “right hook” by other drivers turning too closely in front of them.  Those motor vehicle operators are violating a number of laws and unnecessarily endangering the cyclist to simply save a few seconds.

Drivers are required to safely move as far right in the roadway to prepare for a right turn, even if that means moving into the bike lane.

Bicyclists are entitled to the use of the full lane being used to prepare for a left turn.

Making a Right Turn Across a Bike Lane

Question Myriam asked: If I am driving down sunset street and there is a bicycle path to my right and I need to make a right turn on 137th avenue, do I turn right from my lane, or do I

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Lanes, Making Turns

Vehicle Making Left Turn

Question David asked: While on my bike I collided with a car making a left turn at a turn lane not a cross street with a traffic light. I was half way across road when the person in the car

Posted in Ask Geo, Making Turns

Making Right Turns

Question Carter asked: I was stopped at a red light. The light turned green and I proceeded to turn right. A cyclist was passing everyone stopped and as I turned he swerved around behind me, yelling explicits and hand gestures

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Stopping on a Bike Lane

Question Amy asked: I have looked at the bike lane parking info posted and it has been very informative. I just wanted to get your input about the legality of momentarily pulling into a bike lane to pick up a

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Lanes, Making Turns, Rights & Duties

Right Turn into a Crosswalk

Question Lance asked: Here’s the situation: I’m about to make a right turn into a shopping center, and a bicyclist is riding on the sidewalk and enters the roadway in front of me. Was he supposed to stop for me,

Posted in Ask Geo, Making Turns, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Preparing for a Left Turn

Question Dylan asked: Recently, a Pinellas Park Police officer informed me that me and my son (who is 12) must “keep right” and that we were breaking the law by being in the middle lane of 78th Ave in Pinellas

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Motorist Right Turn Conflict

Question Felicia asked: I live in Tallahassee, Florida, attending grad school at FSU. On my walk to campus I’ve noticed a few close calls with bicyclist and motorist. Specifically, when a bicyclist is in the bike lane going straight and

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Bicycles Passing on the Right

Question Jacci asked: I drive a car to work on Brickell, which is a haven for bicyclists. I respect that and their rights by not only looking both ways twice at an intersection, but also obeying the law when a

Posted in Ask Geo, Making Turns, Rights & Duties, Stop Signs & Red Lights

Right Turns Again

Question J Lewis asked: Today I (a cyclist) was stopped at a red light while in a bike lane, and I was honked at and harassed by a person in a vehicle behind me. I presume they were trying to

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Another Right Hook

Question Stuart asked: I recently was involved in an accident with an electric bike. I was driving on major street with bike lane on my right. I signaled to make right turn into shopping center. While my car was halfway

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