I've been thinking a lot about my riding habits and observance of traffic rules of late. One thing that I do is ride towards the front of the line at a stop sign or red light. I don't do this at a flashing red or flashing yellow signal, or at a yield sign.
I'm not impeding other traffic by proceeding forward on the side of the lane or the shoulder. Unless I take the lane in order to make a left turn, I'm not taking up room in the queue, not holding up other traffic.
Every car waiting while I filter my way up gets a chance to look at me. Their minds may register my presence or not, but I've given them notice that there's a cyclist in the lane.
I've limited my potential danger zone to the first car in line and oncoming traffic.
I welcome pertinent comments and critique.