If a cyclist doesn’t ride in the bike lane (for as simple a reason as making a left turn!) a lot of drivers view this as law breaking or just arrogance.
Pointer from Tyler Cowen.
I had a driver yell at me, including four-letter words, in exactly this situation. I was making a left turn, and I stayed in the street for about 100 yards with my left arm out in order to do so. I guess he thought I should have stayed in the bike lane on the right and not made my turn or cut somebody off to make my turn.
Humorist Jim Gaffigan has a joke that goes. “Fruit: good. Cake: good. Fruitcake: nasty cr@p.”
That is the way I feel about most bike lanes. The worst is when they paint a picture of a bicycle on a lane that is 99 percent used by cars. I feel like the painting says “you are welcome to smash bicycles on this road.”
In my opinion, the safest places for bikes are, in order:
1. Bike paths that have very few pedestrians (“rails to trails” tend to be like this).
2. Wide shoulders along roads.
3. Roads that have no bike lanes but few cars.
Bikes and cars are not meant to coexist. Bikes and pedestrians are not meant to coexist. And I will admit that bikers tend to be the offenders more often than the victims.
Urban bike lanes are green religious monuments.