kacjp wrote: So nice ride there through Albert Street east Melbourne. Ride back a different story. Cut off twice from cars turning left when the bike lane just ends at intersections - am I supposed to give way, or are they supposed to give way? That is sooooo confusing...
Assuming you mean Albert on the way back, too?
As you approach an intersection, the painted green bike lane and bollards come to an end, and there is a broken line (at least in most of the ones I've crossed) so riders then merge into what is now the left-turning lane... but most drivers are also at that point moving over into the left turning lane if they are turning.
I find I have no problems by head checking as I approach the end of the bike lane, so I can cooperate with any moving line of traffic on the right - and I either slot in before or after any left turning cars; the drivers generally cooperate with me in this - one of us moves ahead or drops back (not beside) to allow it to happen. Watch carefully for signals to turn and for any signs they may not be aware of your presence. Really, it's like merging in when entering a freeway.
When in doubt, I slow up; I will also hand signal my intentions to a driver if they seem uncertain about how to proceed.