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.

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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Right Turn Only Lanes

Question Nathan asked: You’ve said that FDOT no longer uses undesignated bike lanes. Is this why I’ve been recently seeing bike lanes that exist only to the left of right-turn lanes, and revert to shoulder before and after (forcing a

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Right Turns Again

Question Gary asked: This is in regards to a column, Dr. Delay, in a newspaper. The article states: Who has right of way? Bicycle or car? Reader wrote to the Doc about an incident she recently observed involving a bicycle

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Right Turn Lanes

Question Frank asked: 1.  If I’m riding on the road (no bicycle lane and as far to the right as practicable) and a right hand turn lane comes up.  Do I ride on the left of the solid line of

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Right Turn Lane – Yield to Bikes

Question Joe asked: After repaving, the FDOT is intent on removing about 30% of the existing “RIGHT TURN YIELD TO BICYCLES”, signs that have been protecting bicyclists on Long Boat Key for many years.  Some non-bicyclists say there are too

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Right Turns with Bike Lanes Present

Question Eric asked:  Near where I live there is an old bike lane that is about 15-20 years old. It has solid white lines right up to the intersection where I routinely turn right when I drive my truck there.

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Left Turn by Bicyclist (More)

Question D. asked:  I was reading about the question about a bicyclist turning left from near the center on a rural two lane without signaling.  http://flbikelaw.org/2010/03/left-turn-by-bicyclist/ However, what if the bicyclist is in fact signaling for a left turn after

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Right Turn Lanes

Question Jayeson asked: 316.2065 (5) has an exception for making left turns but not for continuing straight/avoiding right turn lanes. This would seem to imply that a cyclist must move into a right turn lane which would then require taking

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Left Turn by Bicyclist

Question Melissa asked:  A person riding on a bike in the middle of a two lane county road makes a left turn but does not signal. The automobile driver sees the person on the bike in the right lane and

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More on Right Turns

Question Sondra Asked:  Who has the right of way in moving traffic when: 1) the cyclist is traveling straight ahead on the far right side (where the bike lane ended about 100 feet before the intersection) and is moving with

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