I was thinking about some comments I read somewhere here about taking the center of the lane at stoplights. I have always done this to give myself more left to right space to use as I start up and inevitably swerve a little. However, a year or so ago I was rear-ended while driving my car. There was no damage, but he bumped me forward pretty good. He said he just didn't see me. I know my car is small, but not that small. It was ironic because I try not to drive often, and if I had been on my bike I probably would have been thrown back onto his hood--no doubt leading to some serious back pain, or worse at a higher speed. So then I tried to keep right when stopped on my bike, but everyone crowded me. Now I stay in the middle, slightly ahead of the stop line to give them that extra couple of feet in an emergency, and obsessively watch when cars come up on me. This works good for them because if I see them wanting to turn right on red I give them the room to do so. Has anyone ever heard of someone actually getting rear-ended and hurt at a stop light/sign? How about when waiting to turn left without the benefit of a stop sign?