Last week, I complained about the lack of guidance that often occurs where bike lanes meet intersections. One reader sent some links that had good information on negotiating various difficult situations. I particularly liked http://commuteorlando.com/wordpress/animations/. However, the point I was trying to make was not about my lack of knowledge so much as the fact that motorists need more guidance. We need well marked bike lanes so that motorists know where we are going. No matter how experienced the cyclist, many drivers are clueless. If motorists, who generally aren't aware of the laws and best practices, had more guidance, they also would be more comfortable with more bicyclists on the road. And that's what we all want to see, right?
And, as this reader also pointed out, there's nothing like a good bicycle education class. I took one when I was starting out, and it was invaluable. I'm taking another soon for a brush up. This would be the June 30 SVBC/Mountain View class taught by John Ciccarelli, a very experienced cycling teacher. Check it out at http://bikesiliconvalley.org/programs/bicycle-education.
Next week: Some really scary spots in Campbell.