A new sign has appeared allowing a right turn from the top of Canal Street into Northgate Street, a useful improvement for cyclists. Previously cyclists had to dismount and walk their bikes around the corner, or carry out an illegal manoeuvre. This is a very handy legal turn for those heading from the Garden Quarter or from the University towards the city centre.
When taking this turn, it is important for cyclists to position themselves assertively in the road so that they can get to the right side of the lane approaching the corner. Cyclists also need to be aware that right turning buses and cyclists do not have priority at the junction and the traffic lights are not staggered to allow cyclists to make their turn ahead of oncoming traffic. Particular care is also needed if you find yourself behind a bus at the junction, as oncoming traffic will be unable to see you.
The Chester Cycling Campaign has been pressing for this turn to be allowed for many years (decades, even)! So this is a welcome improvement for those cycling on this side of Chester.