Urban cycling: Rules of the turn
Ottawa Citizen

By Robert Bostelaar, Ottawa Citizen, September 26, 2016

For many users of Ottawa’s bicycle lanes, the rule seems clear: The cyclist heading through an intersection has precedence over the vehicle driver alongside who wants to turn across the bike lane.

For proof, they point to the signs that line some routes instructing turning drivers to give way to bicycles.

Cycling advocates call a turn by a vehicle across a bicycle’s path a “right hook,” or surprise punch, and in online discussions suggest riding assertively to discourage such moves. “Take the right of way” is a frequent call.


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