Originally Posted by Simple Nature
I probably should have done this up front...
The problem spot is just past the light. A novice will find themselves doing a pedestrian mode to cross the traffic lanes (blue) where the seasoned rider will take the lane and become traffic (yellow). Unfortunately, the stretch is long enough to create impatience with drivers who don't want to go 20mph to the problem intersection following a bicycle.
I don't see any easy way to fix this, but it is just another traffic feature that put a gap in cycling connectivity and the promotion of cycling. This is why I think the "expert" planners should revisit this serious shortcoming.
In light traffic, I take the lane. During rush hour, I count on the kindness of others at the crosswalk. There are -very few- kind drivers in rush hour BTW. Even if one kind soul holds up, someone else is turning right speeding around them where they cannot see you making the crossing.
When they set up MAX, they should have -required- a parallel bike path. That would have been sweet
Thanks for posting the pic of the intersection and adding red and blue lines. I seldom ride the road, and it's been awhile. On seeing the your jagged blue line marking, I remembered though, taking this crosswalk route rather than taking a lane in advance of the intersection, or holding a course with the bike lane through the intersection.
Being kind of tired and out of shape at the time, was why I took the crosswalk route. Also due to being a little less familiar than I am now, with the character of traffic there. More so today, if my energy is up, I'd just take the lane in advance...assuming I've got the juice to readily accelerate to 15mph.
That probably leaves out quite a number of less confident type, potential cyclists. It's kind of difficult to imagine older, not especially fit people on cruisers, summing up the courage to ride through this intersection during rush hour, by holding the line set by the bike lane.
Still, a lot of that could be overcome by simple, more knowledgeable familiarity with rights to the road, proper procedures for navigating heavy traffic, and assertiveness on the part of people, of all conditioning levels that ride bikes. They, and the people driving motor vehicles would come to know and understand, if the practice were more common and consistently used
, that when a person on a bike adequately in advance,
signals a turn into the main lane, that's where they're going...and traffic should yield accordingly.
It's a big intersection...maybe 80' wide, but it's not that big that a few bikes taking the lane through it is going to delay traffic or interrupt traffic flow very significantly, if at all. Because of their design parameters, everyone has unwittingly contributed to giving roads like this one, over to high levels of stress and limited function.