First, I should note that I ride in a small city next to a major cycling area (Denver metro) with roads that wouldn't challenge the worst of you, but still....
I'm a fan of taking the lane, especially at intersections. I would feel uncomfortable being right-biased on a wide outside lane, and it would seem that I would be putting myself at risk for right hooks. I see that it can be done safely, but I've always just thought to get in line and not worry about it. Of course, I very rarely end up at an intersection behind more than two cars.
Anyway, I bring this up because I had my second all-time angry motorist encounter today. (The first was actually an aggressive driving incident, but today's was harmless.) I was simply cycling down a low-traffic, E-W, two-lane, moderately-wide road in the middle of the city (which is bordered by two main E-W arterials) and came to a stop [stop sign] at the intersection of one of only two heavily-used N-S roads in the city. A guy in a pickup behind me started honking and pointing to the right side of the road/sidewalk (unsure which). I looked back but decided to ignore him (my standard procedure). He then opened his door enough to pop his head up and start rambling on about where I belonged and getting out of the way. My response was only to tell him to read his driver's manual (feel free to post your lines). He took on an angrier tone in response to my brush off, but I couldn't make out his entire sentence. After that I proceeded through the intersection and he made his turn.
My question: Is there anything in Colorado law that would compel me to stay over to the right when approaching an intersection OR require me to move over whenever a car appeared behind me (or complained like this guy)?
I probably delayed the guy, at most, 30 seconds, but, because I prefer/need a larger gap in cross traffic before I could go, it was technically true that the guy could have proceeded with his (probably left) turn more quickly if I hadn't been there. Another thing to consider is that cars routinely share the same lane on these types of roads at intersections--one for straight-thru/left-turners, one for right-turners--even though they probably aren't supposed to. As a courtesy, I already make sure I am over to the right whenever I'm making a right turn so that I don't unnecessarily impede straight-thru/left-turning traffic.