When on a bike and going north on Government St and approaching the new intersection at Humboldt, what is the correct and safe way to continue straight (north), staying on Government St.?
Here are some photos of what the lead-up to the intersection now looks like, approaching it from the south.
In front of the Empress, there are posts now, shifting all cars to the left lane, with the right laneway now clearly marked for bikes. So, you would expect any reasonable cyclist to follow that clear indication, and put themselves in that bike lane.
When you get to the actual intersection in that bike lane, it is not at all clear how you would continue straight on, up Government Street. The bike lane comes to a T-junction, where you yield to go either left to Wharf or right on Humboldt. But how do you keep going straight up Government?
Are you supposed to angle in through that gap (just to the right of the red double decker bus in the photo), and merge in with the northbound vehicles? (dangerous...they're not expecting it).
If you go forward into the bike lanes and turn left to get into the westbound bike lane, you then quickly come to that solid white line, and some people waited there to turn right and go up Government. It is not only awkward but you are not in sync with the lights…….when your traffic ‘cyclist’ light is green to go west, it is not the right time to travel north through that intersection. So that does not seem the right way either.
On a different day, I stood for a while on the sidewalk, to see how other cyclists travelling north were interpreting it.
- Some did a weird and dangerous (because unexpected by vehicle drivers) swerve into the northbound traffic, in that 'gap' right where the Humboldt bike lane meets where the vehicles go.
- Some (maybe those who had tried it before and didn’t want to get caught in that T-junction for bikes which doesn't make going north very easy) ignored the bike lane indications leading up to the intersection, and stayed in the left lane, squeezed up against the cars/buses (even tighter than conditions were before the changes were made), and were then in a position to keep going straight up Government. No warning leading up to the intersection, though, that you should be in that lane if you wish to keep going north.
- Quite a few ended up doing the move depicted in the last photo….genuinely wondering what to do, craning their heads looking at the markings, the signage and the lights, hesitating, and ended up on the pedestrian island. That couple doesn’t look like your typical scofflaws….they look like they’d like to do the right thing.
Just wondering what that might be?