Left Turns on a Bicycle

Making left turns on a bicycle in heavy traffic is not easy. By law, cyclists are required to ride as far right as possible on the roadway. Sometimes this means just riding in the right lane. Usually, however, it means riding in the parking lane or on the very edge of the rightmost lane, such that motorized vehicles are still utilizing the rightmost lane.

When a cyclist wants to make a left hand turn on a two lane road, they have to first merge into the rightmost lane, then merge into the left lane – effectively one additional merge that motorized vehicles do not have to make. And merging in traffic on a bike is not easy because few motorists are very excited about yielding to allow a bicycle to merge in front of them. Those that do allow cyclists to merge probably do so only because they’re scared to death that they will hit and kill him/her.

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