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    Quote Originally Posted by MattAune View Post
    If I am not turning right, I would never be in any part of the right turn lane. Just stay in the right side of the right most lane that is going straight, which is where you were before there was a right turn lane, and where you are going to be after the intersection. You also minimize any possibility of being right hooked because there is a clear right turn lane, which was my main point at the beginning. Going straight from a right turn lane is asking to be either right hooked, or have someone right turn in front of you from the cross street.

    No matter how far left you ride in the right turn lane, you are signaling at least the possibility of making a right turn.
    There are places where there are really wide lanes, which split into a straight and a right-turn lane at intersections, then resume being one really wide lane on the other side of the intersection. In this case "staying" in the go-straight lane essentially means merging with traffic passing me on the left (since I was probably riding to the right of this extra-wide lane with room for cars to pass), while "changing" to the right-turn lane means continuing straight. In these lanes, I'll ride to the left of the right-turn lane. Also when I am on a shoulder (or empty parking lane) which becomes a right-turn lane. In both of these cases, I'm actually moving my position on the road towards the left to get out of the main portion of the right-turn lane and (hopefully) signal that I am not turning, but am not moving so far left to have to merge in with the faster-moving car traffic.

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    I agree that riding in the left of the right-turn-only lane often feels much safer than continuing in the stay-straight lane. Similar to acl's point, this is often the natural extension of riding to the right of the white line, since there is no shoulder anymore for those going straight when there is a right-turn lane. So this gives higher speed traffic an opportunity to pass and typically it has no impact on those turning, since they are slowing to slower-than-bike speeds for their turn.

    Of course, on low-speed (e.g. 25mph) or non-busy roads where riding in the main lane isn't holding up traffic, I wouldn't bother moving over. So whatever feels safer -- as GB notes.

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    Found connection with a kind and generous advice giver: Me, riding a Hains Point. Advice Giver: passes me on the left and blurts out, "your seat is way to high." Me, speechless, but quite comfortable on my bike. It's so nice when someone so politely offers free advice.

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    As I clattered along the troll bridge this morning around 6:45 I came across two gentleman riding very slowly. As I passed they warned "the bridge is especially bad this morning... be careful". I slowed and we started talking. Turns out one had taken a spill on the troll bridge and the other had stopped to help and was escorting him for a while to see if he was OK. Two very different but equally nice cyclists who cared about the well being of others on the trail. The gentleman that had fallen peeled off at 395, and I continued on with "Paul" until 4MR where we parted ways. I love having my faith restored. Good folks, good vibes, good morning.

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    And Dickie didn't stop smiling even when I almost ran him off the trail with an ill-advised pass just west of the W&OD/Custis intersection. What can I say; more than a month and a half away from the commute and I misjudged closing speeds. Thanks for being forgiving!

    Liz

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    Quote Originally Posted by eminva View Post
    And Dickie didn't stop smiling even when I almost ran him off the trail with an ill-advised pass just west of the W&OD/Custis intersection. What can I say; more than a month and a half away from the commute and I misjudged closing speeds. Thanks for being forgiving!

    Liz
    Should've tried a low-five, that's what i did when i almost ran him off the trail last week.

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    W&OD eastbound around Smiths Switch, Monday around 2:30 or so, continuing across Hunter Mill. To the guy in the Lampre jersey who called every pass, signalled every brake, and called every intersection clear, all while keeping speed up: well done, sir, and thanks for the pleasant ride!

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    You: Metro bus 2A
    Me: The cyclist flagrantly drafting in your massive wake

    Lets do that again some time. You make Lee Highway a nicer place to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eminva View Post
    And Dickie didn't stop smiling even when I almost ran him off the trail with an ill-advised pass just west of the W&OD/Custis intersection. What can I say; more than a month and a half away from the commute and I misjudged closing speeds. Thanks for being forgiving!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcv View Post
    Should've tried a low-five, that's what i did when i almost ran him off the trail last week.
    I love you both, and of course low fives are always welcome.

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    I got me my low five on the way home.
    Thanks, Dickie!

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