- This is US law and roads.
- Drive on right side.
- Speed Limit is 45mph (72kmh)
- And as @Benedikt Bauer pointed out solid white lines are not supposed to be crossed.
- In the morning though there is very little traffic here. It will be heavier on my way home but then its not a left turn.
- I'd also point out that this isn't nearly as far as Street View makes it appear with their wonky lens. I was hoping to snag a photo this morning myself but didn't catch the red light. From the shopping center entrance to the main intersection is 500 ft according to Google.
Pretty sure while making the screenshots I figured it out but I'll ask anyways since I went through the trouble. I don't plan on taking this Left for a long time, if ever (I'll either go Pedestrian to get across here until I'm more confident or take a different route). But this is the most direct route from my place to work.
The issue is the road goes from 2 lanes and then gets a right turn lane and a left turn lane into shopping centers. Then after that it expands further to have 2 left turn lanes, 3 straight lanes, and 1 right turn lane. That's where I need to make the left.
• 2 lanes getting ready to expand with the turn lanes into shopping centers:
• This is the shopping center intersection. The light further in the distance (500 ft in actuality) is where the intersection is. Cars would typically get in the second lane (not the left into the intersection but the one after that) and then as they cross the intersection get over into the turn lane. You can see this is what the SUV is doing in the picture. I would think this would then be the safest way for cyclists to do it as well but would have to take that lane so cars getting into the left don't cross into me:
• This is the main intersection where I need to make the left. So I need to be in the right left turn lane (2nd lane from left):
• Here is a Satellite view by request. I labelled the left side is the area I'd be approaching from and the top is where I need to get to.
• Finally, its a bit hard to see but this is what it looks like from the light at the shopping center in the morning. You can see there's very little traffic at this hour and I'd actually have to leave 15-20 minutes earlier by bicycle so there would be even less.
What would be the best way to get in to the left lane? I've seen cyclists there so I know it can be done, just never seen the whole process. I'm thinking after writing this:
- get into the left lane right before the shopping center intersection when its still 2 lanes.
- staying right in the middle of that left lane forcing cars to slow down behind you if there are any cars. (Of course only taking the lane when there is ample time for the car to slow down)
- Get over into the (right-most) left turn lane once across the shopping center intersection.
Is this how you all would do it?