..lets try this again..
I ride facing the traffic 99.9% of the time and this allows me the greatest possible safety margin for myself.. i watch head on the approaching traffic and move aside when they seem unwilling to move even an inch ..some actually move a little towards me in protest but i simply move well aside spoiling their attempt to "teach me a lesson". Most of the time i'll simply switch over to the other side of the road giving them the widest possible margin. So i am in complete control and drivers couldn't hit me even if they tried...i'm dodging all the crazy drivers..not all the crazy drivers dodging me..and as a result the world is my oyster..i listen to Mozart to drown out road noise but i normally take the routes where I don't see much traffic...when i do encounter oncoming cars and trucks i ride facing them..when it looks like they're not going to move over even a tiny courteous amount i go onto the shoulder and let them tear by.
Anyone who rides with their back to the traffic is playing Russian roulette. When i ride facing the traffic i am the one that makes adjustments and i am the one that gets out of everyone's way. By everyone I mean cyclists, cars, trucks, motorcycles, joggers, skateboarders, roller bladders, pedestrians and what ever is coming at me. I go unnoticed on the roads because no one has to brake or maneuver around me.
Whenever traffic passes, I simply give them the widest possible berth. I ride very slow or walk in very dangerous situations. My bikes big wide tires allow me to go almost anywhere. The big motorcycle mirror mounted on the right side (yes right) really enhances my way of seeing all.
This way of riding, facing the traffic, was not my idea but my fathers. He was a very smart man when it came to safety. Our entire house was wired with fire detectors 57 years ago. All our boats were enhanced with flotation to prevent them sinking. He must have been the first to get those studded winter tires 50 years ago. He invented safety mirrors for cars that were slightly convex. His most significant accomplishment was redesigning the safety shoe for electrical workers to prevent electrocution. If you have a white tag on your safety shoe with an orange Greek "omega" symbol, that's his shoe. It only took 15 years to convince people it was a smart idea.
The traffic laws work fairly well for the masses and not too many cyclists are being killed or injured but I prefer feeling entirely safe. I will never rely on others to see me. I will always want to see them and I will continue my civil disobedience and cycling.
This past spring in Ontario 7 cyclist were killed in 19 days http://www.therecord.com/links/links_070623125435.html
Cycling facing the traffic is slowly been implemented in different parts of the world. See this link........... http://archive.thisisoxfordshire.co..../14/69179.html
and this one...http://www.bikexprt.com/bikepol/faci...contraflow.htm
---Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.