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Where do you wait at stop lights?

  • On the street like a motorcycle.

    Votes: 27 42.2%
  • On the sidewalk like a pedestrian.

    Votes: 3 4.7%
  • On the street curb right next to the sidewalk.

    Votes: 21 32.8%
  • Other.

    Votes: 13 20.3%
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If you ride to the trail head or around the streets, where do you wait at the stop lights? If you waited by the sidewalk, you'd have to merge back into traffic where there are cars. If you waited like you were on a motorcycle, pull to the right of the street to let cars go by when the light goes green, you increase your visibility but are exposed if someone rear ends you or stops too close to you. If you waited on the side of the sidewalk, on the street, you get the risk of getting run over by limiting visibility. Timing for green lights is great, but not always possible. So what do you do?
 

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That picture is bound to get some kind of response.:arf:

I usually go around the block to avoid a traffic light when I can, otherwise, I just get right out in the lane because I am more likely to get side swiped by some a-hole passing on the right or something.
 

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I take my lane. I'm a part of traffic, so I act like traffic. I don't worry much about someone rear ending me, and it is fun to trackstand at red lights and watch people stare and point.
 

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Depends.
- lots of streets here have bike paths in the side, so I'm there
- If I am in the traffic, and there's space, I might work my way to the front along the shoulder.
- If I am turning left, or there's no space to get to the front, I'll take a whole lane.

I find that I get more "respect" from drivers if I am behaving like a car: not hiding next to the curb.
 

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I picked "other" because there was no "like a car" option. I'll line up in the middle of the appropriate lane, depending on what direction I'm heading through the intersection. If I'm the first car, great, if I'm not then I'll line up behind the cars. I avoid sharing a lane as much as possible.

If there's a bike lane I'll stay in the bike lane, but move up to or into the crosswalk to remain visible and avoid the right hook. I never ride next to a car when I'm in a bike lane either, especially approaching intersections.
 

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I stick to the sidewalk, but like pedestrians if I have a chance to cross before the light changes, I'll go for it. Just one of the perks to being on a bike.
BTW- great picture!
 

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motoxkfx123 said:
i need more motivation.

:D

-other

It depends, as perttime says. In the bike lane at some, middle of the lane at others, in line w/cars but just a bit to the right of the 1st car so I don't get smooshed if the car behind me decides to rear-end those waiting at the red.
 

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If I'm continuing to go straight forward: I stop to the right of the most right car, not in their blindspot, but also out of the way for cars to make right turns - kind of in the middle of the right lane and the right turn lane. I stop so that half my bike is in the cross walk, ahead of all the stopped cars.

If I'm turning left: I stop in line with the cars, as if I'm in my car.
 

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Always as if I'm a car. Never in blind spots, never in a position to get pinned if someone forgets to stop (very vigilant to make sure this doesnt happen). Once traffic starts moving again, i'll move into an appropriate road position.
 

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I'm traffic and use the road accordingly, so really saw no other choice but "other" in your poll. Don't know about motorcycle style, mostly they seem to split the left and middle lanes (assuming 2 or 3 lanes) and out accelerate everyone anyways.

Since right turns on red are permitted here, I try not to block the lane for cars turning right, so usually I position myself accordingly. I don't necessarily want to be in front of cars but it depends on the intersection/bike lane/etc; I don't worry about them rear-ending me.

It drives me nuts to see cyclists who pull to the right at an intersection that has a right turn only lane then sit in the middle of that lane and block it, or otherwise impede the right turning traffic cluelessly.
 

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Bikinfoolferlife said:
I'm traffic and use the road accordingly, so really saw no other choice but "other" in your poll. Don't know about motorcycle style, mostly they seem to split the left and middle lanes (assuming 2 or 3 lanes) and out accelerate everyone anyways.

Since right turns on red are permitted here, I try not to block the lane for cars turning right, so usually I position myself accordingly. I don't necessarily want to be in front of cars but it depends on the intersection/bike lane/etc; I don't worry about them rear-ending me.

It drives me nuts to see cyclists who pull to the right at an intersection that has a right turn only lane then sit in the middle of that lane and block it, or otherwise impede the right turning traffic cluelessly.
yup yup yup!!!
People acknowledge me all time for moving a bit more over to the left to make room for a right-turning car.
 

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I wait on the road as I was another car. Also It depends on the intersection.......Long story-lazy to type it....;)

p.s. whats with all the porn in this thread?
 

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I voted on the street, but I'm clueless as to what you mean by "like a motorcycle, staying to the right so cars can pass when the light turns green." I stay to the left when on my motorcycle, don't generally have to worry about many cars being impatient to get by a Ducati, they're usually in my mirror pretty quickly.

David B.
 
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