What do you do when approaching cars that are stopped for a red light or for some other reason?
I have been meaning to start a discussion on this for some time, and I am prompted by some of the comments in the thread on right turn on red (Right Turn on Red Strategy).
I never pass non-parked cars, either on their right or their left, and I always prepare to brake when I am in the right lane and a car is stopped in the left lane to turn left.
When I come to a line of cars waiting for a light, I pull in behind the last car in line.
If I am in a straight-ahead only lane, I stay in the extreme right of the lane.
If I am in a straight and right turn lane, I take up the whole lane if I am back from the front a bit, or else I take the lane and watch for people wanting to turn right on red, in which case I shuffle over to let them turn right behind me.
If I am in a straight and/or left turn lane I take up the whole lane.
I cannot think of any reason(s) that are good enough to drive past cars waiting in line. The danger of doing this is way too high for me. Not only can you get doored, or cut off when someone decides to switch lanes, but once you are all the way at the front, now all the cars have to pass you again once you all start moving again, which annoys drivers, and increases risk to me.
What do the Gospels of John say on this topic (I haven't had a chance to read any of them yet)?
Honestly people passing waiting cars is possibly my biggest pet peeve, both as a cyclist and a driver. I am interested in hearing thoughts from both sides of the topic.