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TEAM Arizona Motorcycle Riding Tip: How To Manage Intersections P3: Positioning Yourself

TEAM Arizona Motorcycle Riding Tip: How To Manage Intersections P3: Positioning Yourself


Our goal with this video series is to help
make you safer when traveling through intersections. Come along with us as we look at three scenarios
riders face when traveling through major Arizona cities. A huge shout out to Trekky Delirium. In our previous video, we were asked to give
some examples and we’re happy to oblige. If you have a comment or request, please make
sure to share them in the comment section below. Before getting into these scenarios, we want
you to know that dynamic lane positioning is an inexact science. Since our environment is constantly changing,
it is impossible to always have the correct lane position. With that said, we’ll want to do our best
to maximize our ability to see and be seen while improving our time and space around
vehicles. Sometimes, we are left making the best decision
possible with less than desirable options. Our challenge is to reduce risk as much as
possible; however, risk never goes away entirely. In our first scenario, the rider is approaching
an intersection on a wide-open, multiple lane roadway. Notice how the rider is in the innermost lane,
we call it lane 1. He is also in position one of roughly three
positions available. This maximizes the rider’s ability to see
and be seen by oncoming motorists. We are especially worried about vehicles turning
left in front of us. For that reason, watch as the rider dynamically
adjusts his lane position to improve his time and space while traveling through the intersection. The movement from position one to position
three also creates animation which may help in getting the motorist to see him better. In this second scenario, the rider is traveling
in between major intersections. Notice the raised medians with trees and vegetation. These elements can obscure the rider from
oncoming traffic that want to turn left. So the rider adjusts their position from one
to three to improve their ability to see and be seen. Compare the two situations, one without median
obstructions and one with. Can you see the difference in riding position? In our third and final scenario we often see
riders hidden in the outside lane in position three. Riders think this may be a safe position next
to the curb, but it really isn’t. We can easily get lost to motorists who want
to turn out of a business area or who want to turn left in front of us. It also places us next to a fixed, raised
object which limits our escape options to the right. If a rider is using that lane to turn right,
position three invites motorists to share the lane; therefore, if you’re turning right,
we encourage riders to use lane position one. This automatically sets the rider up for an
outside-inside-outside path of travel and discourages motorists from sharing the lane. Thank you for watching. If you liked this video, please give it a
thumbs up and place a comment below. If you want more, make sure to subscribe to
our channel. Be safe and have fun everyone!

13 thoughts on “TEAM Arizona Motorcycle Riding Tip: How To Manage Intersections P3: Positioning Yourself

  1. Good points. Of course, every scenario changes literally second by second as traffic, road conditions, weather, pedestrians, and unlimited other factors occur… but the key point is always look for best way to "see and be seen". I know everyone hates this idea, but slowing down is almost always a positive game changer.

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