If you're a cyclist, how do you answer these questions?
- You're approaching a set of steel trolley car tracks that cross the street at an acute angle. How do you cross them on a bike? Is there more than one way?
- You're riding on a road that squeezes from two lanes down to one. You're in the right lane and traffic is passing on the left. How do you react when the lane merges? How do you react when the road goes BACK to two lanes?
- You are making a right hand turn, but within 1/4 of a mile, you need to make a left-hand turn. This may sound like a simple question, but it's got some complexities, like 3 thru lanes and two dedicated left-turn lanes. What will you do? How do you handle this?
Think about how you ride, where you ride, what you ride, and what determines the routes you choose. Think about lights, think about intersections, think about routes and lanes and timed lights and flow. And if you have ANY questions, seriously - don't jump to a berate of the system and demand change. Be the change you want to see - become the driver of a bicycle. Train your bike to follow your commands. Pedal where you want, and see the world in which you live open up. Come sign up for classes, or give us a call. We DO know better, and we DO want to help you, help yourself.
More later. And don't hesitate to post your questions in the comment sections, or send us a link of your favorite challenging piece of road via Google Maps or ridewithgps.com. We'll post our answers on CycleDallas, and maybe we can even video the perceived problem, and the solution, via helmetcam.