The main drag through my town is a 4 lane road with a median in the middle. The speed limit is 35mph, but cars are normally going around 40mph. This means I can't really match or come relatively close to traffic speed. There are a few blocks where the righthand shoulder disappears, but most of it has a big wide shoulder that also acts as a right turn lane. Traffic normally gets caught by every light, so 10-20 cars pile up waiting at each stoplight during the day.
I try to avoid this road as much as possible, but I sometimes need to use it.
I feel safest in the right lane (not the shoulder), but I get honks and "get off the ****in' road!" quite a bit. Also, I see myself in as a hindrance to traffic in that situation (going 20-25mph at the most). So, I don't really like to ride in the lane except through a light or when the shoulder disappears. But, I feel pretty paranoid in the shoulder because there are at least 3-4 intersections for parking lots every block, and the shoulder acts like a right turn lane. I might not be holding up traffic, but it puts me at a greater risk for right hooks and drivers pulling out of parking lots in t-bone receptive positioning.
Of course, there is also the sidewalk (generally pretty decent, but narrow/crumbly in a few places), but that will again put me in a less visible position and vulnerable at all those intersections. I asked a LBS guy once what he does on that street, and he told me that he'll take the sidewalk if there is one. But, I think most of those guys aren't really utility/commuting cyclists, so they don't have a need to use that road. So, I thought I might get some opinions from A&S for what you might do on a similar road. I've gotten pretty comfortable riding VC on most of the roads in my town, but this one just doesn't feel right.