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How to pass a bicycle while driving a car

As long as you give a cyclist plenty of space, and obey traffic laws and drive safely in general you are OK. 1 meter or 3 feet is generally considered enough space when passing, but I know I prefer ...
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How to pass a bicycle while driving a car

The problem is ambiguity. Sometimes you'll be unfairly judged by cyclists you're trying to pass. It will happen. Sometimes it helps to reduce the sting of the judgement with some perspective on ...
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How to indicate you are going straight?

It's difficult to say without seeing photos of the road layout. However, if the road itself continues round to the left, you should indicate right when you're leaving it. In general, you should ...
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Anxious about riding in traffic after 20 year absence from cycling

Good to hear that you are back on a bike! From what you are saying about struggling to maintain balance, I suspect that you are riding slowly, and pedaling slowly. The part about feeling like you'll ...
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How to handle motorists' dangerous behaviour with an impassable group?

Don't create the situation in the first place. Every large event I've ever been on would either have the roads closed down, or send the riders out in waves so as not to create a situation where a car ...
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Is cycling in the Netherlands without a helmet safer than cycling with a helmet in the USA?

There's a simple answer to the question you didn't actually ask: in the Netherlands cyclists who wear helmets are much more likely to be hospitalised than those who don't Although the Netherlands is ...
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Staying out of the blind spot of a truck that has camera "mirrors"?

Never¹ stop besides a truck, even if they have mirrors and cameras all over the place. You don't know if the driver pays any attention to their mirrors. To reduce the risk of a truck stopping besides ...
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What to do when a car turns into a side road (etiquette)?

As you're in Ontario the following references are official. Look at the picture at the bottom right of Toronto's Understanding Bicycle Lanes -- here's an excerpt: In summary, stop behind or pass to ...
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What to do when a car turns into a side road (etiquette)?

Once the other car is in front of you generally the law and the legal system both suggest you need to give way to the car. In some places motorists technically need to give way to cyclists in the same ...
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What to do when a car turns into a side road (etiquette)?

The key point here is that 90% of drivers immediately forget about any vehicle they've passed, unless it has bright flashing lights. The diagram you have added shows that you're behind, and in the ...
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Where should I stop in this intersection when turning left?

The markings (ahead of the car in the image above) clearly indicate that you are only allowed to go straight ahead in the bike lane. For turning left you have two options: You behave like a car, and ...
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Why signal stop with your left hand in the US?

In the US, you ride in the right lane as far right as you can unless you are "taking the lane," which is legal in some states under some conditions (e.g. no bike lane, debris on shoulder, ...
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How to pass a bicycle while driving a car

My personal list in order of importance: Overtake when it’s safe to do so. This means no oncoming traffic (unless the lanes are wide enough to overtake even despite traffic) and that you can see far ...
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Staying out of the blind spot of a truck that has camera "mirrors"?

I for my part is a little worried about the phrase "[...] make eye-contact with a driver in the mirrors, I know for sure I am seen". I'll claim that he can have looked at something else, and ...
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What are the possible practical consequences of breaking the rules of the road?

The consequences for you as an individual are perhaps not as important as the broader ramifications of your behaviour. By behaving as if you think that the local rules of the road don't apply to you,...
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Training for driving on the left in the UK

It's worth reading the whole Highway Code (the rules of the road for the UK), including the bits that only apply to those you'll be sharing the road with. That's not to say people follow it, of ...
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How to indicate you are going straight?

Will's answer is correct - this is to provide an identical example when driving: Source: Google Maps If you are headed northbound on State Road 213, the normal course of action is to continue around ...
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Why signal stop with your left hand in the US?

Why are cyclists in the US expected (or required) to signal "Stop" with the palm of their left hand? Consistency. All vehicles on the road are expected/required to use the same signals - ...
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Where should I stop in this intersection when turning left?

I'd disagree with the other answers. Unless you prefer a Copenhagen turn / box turn / Indirektes Linksabbiegen (legal, probably safest, but slow) I'd suggest C and take the entire lane (!), exactly ...
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How to indicate you are going straight?

I find that on ambiguous roads the best course of action is to point where you're going. It's not a standard signal but I find most drivers and pedestrians tend to pick up on the meaning. Also ...
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Anxious about riding in traffic after 20 year absence from cycling

All these answers are excellent. My opinion is that as well as doing all these things, you need to give yourself a psychological safety net. I am an advanced motorbike rider and use some of those ...
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How to pass a bicycle while driving a car

You handled the situation perfectly. Congrats, you belong to the good, vanishingly small minority who does. You see, from my experience I would estimate the fraction of car drivers who obey the rules ...
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How to handle motorists' dangerous behaviour with an impassable group?

I'm not entirely sure about the relevant legislation. However, as the question contains "deutch" I'll give the situation for Germany plus an update about Switzerland. I'd expect a) the situation to be ...
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Training for driving on the left in the UK

I haven't heard of any bike-specific training or anything like that for transitioning from riding on the right to riding on the left. I have lived on both sides of the channel and it does take some ...
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Staying out of the blind spot of a truck that has camera "mirrors"?

Edit: I don’t think trucks are special. Their blind spots are bigger but a car driver or even a cyclist can overlook you just the same through inattentiveness when taking a turn. If anything, I think ...
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Why signal stop with your left hand in the US?

A historic reason why signaling is with the left hand in the US is because motor vehicle drivers sit on the left side of the vehicle in the US and must signal with the left hand out their left window ...
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Which traffic light do I have to follow?

I received an answer from the traffic guidance department of the city. They told that I can either ride on the car lane (left) and then use the regular car traffic lane. If I take the bus lane (right),...
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How to handle motorists' dangerous behaviour with an impassable group?

Context about OP's ride: There was a climate demonstration in Switzerland and people organized to ride there in groups, over large distances. So it was very much like a critical mass, but as a one off ...
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Should cyclists on a bike path separated from the road overtake each other on the right or on the left?

I would imagine there are slightly different rules in different countries. I'm taking Sweden where I live as an example. If dedicated bike paths are available, you should use those. No matter if you ...
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Is taking the lane discouraged in the Netherlands?

On the bike you are obliged to use the mandatory bike lane if one is present. This is indicated by a blue round traffic sign with a white bicycle. In your picture it would be illegal to take the left ...
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