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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 13:00 
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Complex Right Turns

Again on the busier roads you need to take stock of following and oncoming traffic at least 330 feet before the junction – but you need good negotiation skills. :wink:

So assuming a start from your secondary position – select a gap, which is longer than average and signal right. Accompany this with a move as per the negotiating thread with a move to edge of the moving traffic. This indicates you seriously need to turn right ands when you give your glance – try to give a determined look :wink: and make eye contact with the driver. If he is an oik and will not play ball :roll: – just let him pass and try the next one. Once the guy lets you in – smile :D and move briskly to the centre of the lane and please keep an eye out for the numpty overtaker who drives with his eyes closed. :roll:

If you are on a three-lane or more :yikes: - take each lane one at a time. NEVER EVER :nono: move across all three or more lanes in one fell swoop. :yikes:

If in L2 – ensure your position foils a dangerous undertake. :roll: :shock: Do not let your self be intimidated but you usually find the courteous driver will offer you protection in any case, as he would be a COAST type anyway. :wink:

Please be aware cyclists out there that traffic on multi-lane duals are travelling and flowing faster than on single carriageways and try to allow at least 140 feet to make your manoeuvre and be aware that your need to look for longer gaps given the higher speeds. :wink:

Here PARC comes in to play, as you need Patience, and Responsibility in addition to COAST. :wink:

Skilled and agile cyclists cope very well with flows of 40 mph – but less agile may find they need longer gaps. If circumstances are so bad that you end up having to stop at the kerb and wait for a decent interruption in traffic to cross – do so a little way short of the junction you need rather than at it and engage a low gear to set off quickly. :roll:

Too many dismount and walk :roll: :roll: :roll: – but a bike can be a bit cumbersome and wheeling is slower than riding anyway. I’d only do this in really exceptional circumstances. :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 14:50 
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If it's possible to do when turning right from a 3-lane dual carriageway I will turn left, do a U-turn then go straight ahead when the light changes.

You can also pull in at the island or in front of the waiting traffic on the left then manouevre the bike ready for going ahead when the light changes.

This is assuming that it is a signal-controlled crossroads.


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