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Bicyclist has Fifth Street questions

By From page A9 | September 07, 2014

A couple of questions about the new configuration on Fifth Street, all from a bicyclist’s point of view:

I am westbound on Fifth Street and I want to make a left turn to southbound B Street at 5:30 a.m. on a Monday. The light will not turn green. I wait three minutes and not one light has changed while I’ve been there. How long do I wait until I run the red light?

I am eastbound on Fifth Street and I want to make a left turn onto K Street at 4:30 p.m. on a Thursday. There are 20 vehicles eastbound that, even though I am signaling for a left turn, will not allow my merge into their lane so I can get to the safety of the center turn lane. How do I complete this left turn safely without blocking other bicyclists in the bike lane?

I am westbound on Fifth Street and I want to make a left turn onto C Street at 8:10 a.m. on a Wednesday. The same situation as my K Street turn is present. How do I complete this left turn safely without having to block other bicyclists in the bike lane?

I am northbound on A Street at 4:10 p.m. on a Tuesday. I want to cross Fifth Street. The only traffic is another bicyclist heading southbound and vehicles east- and westbound on Fifth.

There are no bicycle signal buttons for north- and southbound. No lights are changing, not even the crosswalk lights are changing. How does a bicyclist cross this intersection without having to ride on the sidewalk, dismount to reach the pedestrian signal button or wait for a car to trip the signal?

D. Chase

Davis

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