Passing Slower Traffic
Ette asked: If a cyclist wants to make a left turn from the left turn lane, and straight traffic on the left is slow, may the cyclist pass the traffic on the left to get access to the turn lane, or should he/she wait his/her turn in traffic to safely make it into the turn lane?
A cyclist is not required to “keep right” or remain in a bike lane when preparing to make a left turn, and may use the roadway position necessary to accomplish the move safely. Also, a cyclist may lawfully pass slower traffic, normally passing on the left, if the passing is otherwise effected legally. Please see the posts about “left turns”, “overtaking and passing” and “lane position” in the tag cloud for full discussion of legal passing.