Right Turn Lanes
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 the right turn lane, or the right of the solid line?
2. What if there is a bicycle lane to the right of the right turn lane? Do I go in it or do one of the above?
3. Also, if there are cars in both the through lane and the right turn lane, waiting for the light to change to green, do I stop behind all of them or pedal up to the light in between the cars (of the through and right turn lane)
1. If you are planning to turn right, you must use the right-turn lane. If you are proceeding straight through, you must use the through lane. Your position in the lane depends on other factors. If remaining to the right is unsafe, the bicycle regulations allow leaving the right side of the lane.
2. If proceeding straight through an intersection, remaining in the bike lane that is incorrectly positioned to the right of a right turn only lane is an “unsafe condition” of the bicycle regulations that allows cyclists to leave the bike lane.
3. Although there may be times when passing on the right may be legal, it is not recommended at approaches to intersections. Please see this post for proper road position and safe cycling practices.
Remaining in the right-side bike lane when approaching the intersection when side-by-side right-turning traffic is present is dangerous, and leaving the bike lane seems to be justified under the unsafe conditions provision of 316.2065(5)(a)3. Cyclists are never required to remain in a bike lane or at the right side of the roadway if it is unsafe.