- Help with tricky traffic situation
Re: Help with tricky traffic situation
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Agree with everything that has been said so far. I'll just add that this is one of many situations where staying as far to the right as possible
Is not the same as staying as far to the right as practicable
(which is what the law says).
Sharrows and "Share the Road" signs are great — and this section certainly needs to be better signed — but they have no impact on how you should ride that section of the road. Take the lane when you need to, the signage is just there to remind drivers.
On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 10:39 AM Vinnie Bacon <vbacon@...
I agree with Ken that you simply need to take the lane and make it clear that there is no room to safely pass you within the lane.
My habits have changed of late and I no longer think that it’s ‘courteous’ to try to move to the right so people can pass you. I used to stay to the right, have someone come really close to me and THEN decide that I’m taking the whole lane. Now I just take the lane.
The bottom line is that if you don’t feel that it’s safe sharing the lane then you need to tell motorists it’s not safe to share the lane. You do that by taking the lane.
I’m not aware of a ‘share the road’ sign or a sharrow marked on the road - worthwhile contacting City’s Public Works staff?
On Mar 20, 2021, at 7:37 AM, Joe Banchero <huck-162@...> wrote:
Agree with Ken, it's the only safe way to ride that section.
I go through there quite often without any problem.
I wait for a gap in traffic, signal with my left arm, and move to the center of the right lane. When there is no bike lane, taking the entire lane is the only safe option. If a car does come up behind me, it will either have to wait ten seconds while I go under the underpass or it can move to the other lane.
I've had yet another dangerous encounter under the bridge on Mission Blvd between Stevenson traveling to Las Palmas. The location is here: https://goo.gl/maps/7JUqT2xFAeVYVmzU7 For years I've dreaded this section as the bike lane narrows to inches. Today a minivan honked me as I was entering then passed me (also inches away). I was as far right as I could be with a flashing red LED during daylight - I wasn't doing anything odd. The horn scared me and I got quite upset that the driver almost caused an accident.
I'm looking for pointers on how to ride this section. Going the opposite direction I momentarily hop onto the sidewalk as I feel safer (it also has a bike lane that narrows to inches). I might have to do the same for the direction I had an issue with today and go into the mini tunnel. I generally don't do this as I never see an easy/safe entrance as most cars are trying to make a right on Mission from Stevenson and block the sidewalk ramp at the intersection.
Any suggestions are welcome,
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