I stopped at the left turn on Sandford St. turning into Flemington Road to go toward Franklin this afernoon. The sign said “left lane must turn left” so when the lights went green I proceeded to turn left. Unfortunately there was a poor guy on a bike in the bicycle lane to my left who started pedaling until I cut him off. I think he was going straight or turning right, but in either circumstance he was in dire straights when people like me do not know what to do in this situation. Does a car have to give way to a cyclist on his left that wants to turn across in front of the path of the car? This doesn’t make sense to me at all. The road rules on the web/TAMS do not shed any light on this.
If we are to assume cyclists turning right should use the right hand lane with vehicles turning right – imagine the chaos!!! Especially when they want to go left to rejoin the cycle lane. Putting bikes on the road with cars is the worst ever conceived idea anybody ever had and this intersection is the culmination of that craziness.
Could someone please tell me and cyclists out there what to do at this intersection before there is a serious accident?
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P.S. – Sorry to raise another car vs bike argument – I just want to find out the rules for this one.
P.P.S – The guy wasn’t wearing a helmet either….