Thursday, May 14, 2009

Filtering lanes

One thing I really cannot tahan is cycling on roads that have a left turn lane which is 2 lanes wide. This means I have to filter right to avoid getting channeled into the left turn, assuming I wanna go straight ahead.

There's one along Lornie road thats really quite annoying. First, there's a left turn at the PIE at the end of the Lornie Road and the beginning of Adam road. I have to filter lanes to keep on going straight. Then a short distance away, there's another one going into the PIE again. I have to filter 3 lanes across and that can be freaky on bad days.

Another one I frequently go pass is the one along Braddell road, there's a 2 lane left turning into Toa Payoh. Traffic moves quite quickly along that stretch cos of some cars coming out of the CTE. Filtering lanes can be quite a hair-raising experience!

Luckily the driver behind me today was a decent guy/gal. He/she let me filter lanes and didnt overtake or horn me when I took control of the lane to prevent anyone from cutting me off. Drivers like this make commutes less stressful.
A big thanks to whoever you are.

3 comments:

  1. The one from Braddel Rd to Toa Payoh is indeed tricky. Similarly troubling is getting out of ToaPayoh via the over pass to go towards Upp. Serangoon. Surprisingly, I found Toa Payoh streets a bit too troubling than most other roads. I cannot pin down on anything other than the fact that I do not know the roads very well.

    I initially found a few turns along Paya Lebar,Old Airport Rd etc., a bit unnerving. But after a while, I got to the pulse of the traffic and ended up adjusting to the conditions early and filter at a convenient time (looking for fast traffic coming over, taking advantage of red lights etc...)

    guess what i am trying to say is that once we have enough trips along the road, one can adjust to th epulse and anticpate the traffic well. Good luck..

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  2. Check out this suggestion for avoiding that filter on Lornie Road:
    http://www.mrbrown.com/blog/2007/11/share-your-bike.html

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  3. Hey thanks for sharing!
    Wont have to go to school again till Jan though. Heh.

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