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.

Sidewalk/Roadway Rights and Duties

Question Phillip asked: My understanding is in Florida that if I ride my bike on the sidewalk I am considered a pedestrian for all practical purposes. If I am on the sidewalk and come to a red light, can I

Posted in Ask Geo, Making Turns, Rights & Duties, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Left Turn Crash

Question Craig asked: I was recently in Deerfield traveling south in a lefthand turn lane to make a left turn. Northbound Traffic was backed up quite a bit and a large truck stopped to make way for me to make

Posted in Ask Geo, Making Turns

Dashed Bike Lane Lines

Question Herman asked: Why does the line that separates a bike lane from the travel lane turn to dashed at an intersection?

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Lanes, Making Turns

Avoiding a Traffic Signal

Question Evan asked: May a cyclist conduct a lawful right on red and then a u-turn and then a right hand turn to expedite travel through a red light?  I have reviewed your posts on motorists crossing double yellows to

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

Making Right Turns

Question Jacquie asked: Is it illegal if an X-Treme E-Bike passes a motor vehicle on the right when the motor vehicle is taking a right hand turn? Doesn’t the driver of the X-Treme E-Bike need to abide by all traffic

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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

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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