I generally ride like I'm supposed to as a legal vehicle in Georgia, using the same roads as motorists without bike lane stripes to tell me where I should position myself. I usually shy away from paths. I take my position in the traffic queue at lights, even when that means I'm gonna be waaaaay in the back when I could easily sneak to the front. I do it right, partly because I'm communicating lawful cycling to motorists, which I think goes a long way in dislodging the negative image of cyclists not belonging on the road, an image often reinforced by cyclists who disregard traffic laws.
There are times when following the rest of the traffic crowd isn't convenient. I could be waiting a long time in the mess instead of enjoying my ride. What have I done to avoid the jams?
--Taken a bike path (feels like cheating when the signs applying to the road say "Do Not Enter".)
--Walked my bike through a pedestrian underpass.
--Cut through a MARTA rail station (stairs and escalators.)
--Cut through parking lots.
--Cut through college campuses.
--Used a sidewalk cut-through from a cul-de-sac to an arterial road (while waving to pub-goers.)
--Used private drives.
--Walked my bike through a store, then out the back door (ok, that's a lie, but I'm having so much fun!)
What have you done, you naughty rascal?