Is the right hook really such a big threat?
In a Bike Lane ONLY
Does stopping or waiting for vehicles wanting to merge and right turn send the wrong message?
Of course you have to accept the notion we send messages.
Like ridding on a "safe sidewalk" sends the message we should all be on the sidewalk. I think this sends two messages. One hurry up merge then right turn as the cyclist won't pass (more right hooks). Two if they're slowing down the vehicle can now merge and right turn.
Myself I choose to pass safely while looking at behavior. I don't like to go against the "traffic rules" by stopping or slowing down and waiting for traffic to merge and right turn while cycling in a bicycle lane (or even when they perform illegal actions to help me out). I have found there are plenty of things you can do to improve your safety. Slowing down to pass at a slow speed usually resolves this but creates "The Right Turn of Death". However with their speed now stopped or going to be, and my slower speed this traffic pattern can still exist and yes very awkward. I have found this never to be a problem if they wait long enough for me to get to the blind side they are going to wait me through. Keep in mind with "The Right Turn of Death" having a choice will be ilmited as they will be turning into you or merging into your lane.