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.

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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Turn Lanes and Right-of-Way

Question Alfred asked:  Does a motorist in a left turn lane of a divided road with left turn signals on retain the right of way to the straight thru lanes over a bicyclist crossing the intersection? I always thought it

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Right Turns

Question Anthony also asked: If a vehicle is stopped at a red light intending to make a right turn and a trailing bicyclist pulls abreast of the car on the right, intending to go straight, who has the right of

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Bicycles in left or right turn lanes

Question Especially on the weekends, there are large groups of bicyclists, sometimes with 50-100 riders.  When they stop for a red light, they bunch up and begin to even fill the left-turn-only lane, thereby obstructing vehicles from using that assigned

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