There are times in my life when I have taken the wrong turn. Putting Thai green curry paste in my pasta and buying a £30 hula hoop are just a couple of mistakes I have made.
Now I find myself a lot wiser (oh yes I do indeed!), my diet no longer contains Thai green curry paste pasta and I sold the hula hoop for half the price. However, I still seem to be taking a BIG FAT wrong turn every day.
This turn disguises itself under the guise of a 'right turn', but frankly, there is nothing 'right' about this turn apart from the direction.
Located where Hanley Road meets Hornsey Rise, this part of the road is nothing but a big fat gremlin. Please see picture below:
I find myself entering one of the following three scenarios:
I look over my shoulder and make eye contact with driver who seems to be at a good distance away. My arm is flailing out indicating my intention to turn right. Car is unexpectedly approaching at high speed, ignoring my intentions to turn and starts to overtake, even though I am moving to the centre of the road. I am left cut up, hovering in the lane and just about missing the junction I want to turn into. #FAIL
Car is at the junction I want to turn into and indicating right to turn onto the road I am travelling on. I have the right of way and confidently move into the ‘centre right turn space’, I am just about to make the turn when the driver decides to pull out regardless that I am nearly travelling in front of their car. I am close to crashing onto their bonnet and have to screech the brakes on.
Maybe if I was in a car instead of a bicycle, the situation would be different. #FAIL
I stick out my right turn to indicate (after checking over my shoulder and making sure it is safe), I move into the centre of the road because the car driver behind has slowed down and make the right turn at ease #HURRAH!
I have noted a couple of points of interest drawn from my experiences of this junction:
- If I was driving a car making the right turn, I would not experience these troubles because a car HOGS THE ENTIRE LANE
- The car drivers drive way to fast on Hornsey Rise!
So there we have it, my latest gremlin on my ride home from work, where a right turn becomes a wrong turn. I might just have to stick to my Thai Green Curry pasta and Hula Hooping.
Do you have any right turns on your bicycle rides you dread?