Impatient driver swerves around other driver almost ramming bicyclist on Lincoln

Type

Right hook or left hook

What happened

Was heading south on Lincoln coming up to Lincoln/George/Lakewood intersection. The light was green, and a driver decided to turn left onto George, and the car behind this turning car couldn’t wait one second so swerved right into my path as I was going at a pretty good pace. Had to hit the window of the swerving car or else the driver of this car would have been pushed me into the curb/light pole and it wouldn’t have been pretty.

Suggested improvements for this location: There are only bicycle sharrows on this stretch of Lincoln. A designated bike route, Lincoln is strange because drivers get impatient waiting behind bicyclists who don’t feel safe at all trying to balance out of the door zone and cars zooming by at 30 mph on your left. Would not have a car swerve in front if there was a two-way protected bicycle lane on Lincoln instead of this constant shifting/swerving/balancing/cringing that is currently on Lincoln. I think a bicycle light would also alleviate some of the merging problems at intersections like this, allowing bicycles to move through first.

Editor’s note: Like the leading pedestrian interval at many intersections, a leading bike interval could do a lot of good in keeping bicyclists, who are legally allowed to filter to the front of a lane on a shared-lane street like Lincoln, in view of drivers.