cwah wrote:Lots of unavoidable crashes such as car turning where they shouldn't.
I always thought that bike lane are more dangerous than car road as drivers are not looking at the lane when they turn!
No they don't! But I have noticed that cars see me when I have my flashing headlight on. Now, I run with it during daylight hours too. I won't be left-crossed if I can help it.
A light may help them notice you, but it detracts from their ability to judge you approaching speed. I use movement left and right within the lane for both those turning across my lane and those entering from side streets to give me better visibility and better reference to my speed. It's like a little wave to them that I'm coming and is surprisingly effective. As I approach the risk area I position my bike where I have the best space for escape, minimize actual exposure time to a small fraction of a second.
For preventing left crosses my favorite position is using a car or truck as a blocking back and snugging up just off their rear right corner, making it impossible for the crosser to hit me directly.
My most hated position is following some distance behind a car with someone waiting to turn left and cross me, so I simply avoid it. If I can't speed up and get very close to the car in front of me, then I slow down and put at least 100yds of space and let them cross first.
I would consider being hit by a car an unforgivable mistake on my part.