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I always assume that the car immediately next to me is planning to turn in front of me. Based on that assumption, I have ridden thousands of miles on the streets of Eugene without even a slam-on-the-brakes close call by doing the following:
1. NEVER passing a car when I'm in the bike lane and we're close to an intersection or other potential turning location. The risk-reward ratio is just too high. I adjust my speed while approaching such intersections so that I am either well ahead of or well behind a car.
2. LOOKING carefully and continually at cars traveling next to me at the same speed as me to see if I can gauge their intentions. Watch the driver's head to see if they are looking around in preparation for a turn, talking on a cell phone, or doing anything else that is highly correlated with an upcoming unexpected maneuver. 3. MOVING either subtly or forcefully into the auto travel lane when necessary for short distances in order to avoid obstacles or make an ambiguous situation clear.and most effective.
4. AVOIDING busy streets with bike lanes when possible. I always choose 12th or 15th over 11th or 13th when biking east-west between the university and downtown, for example. I take the whole lane and know that there is no possibility of a right hook crash. There are more stop signs, but I'd rather arrive in one piece than sweaty and two minutes earlier.