But But- HE is writing this post because -THEY ARE ALREADY PASSING-
"Taking the lane" ISN'T WORKING in rural Illinois.
IT NEVER NEVER NEVER works in rural areas-or small non college towns.
It only works in bike savvy cities/towns where drivers are shamed into not passing- or they are too scared to get caught because of all the cameras.
Cars ALWAYS ALWAYS pass slow moving bikes in most parts of the USA.
Taking a lane only works in places where drivers are predisposed to be polite-places where you probably don't need it anyway.Everywhere else it just pisses them off-so they give you a close shave.
Now if more people rode-bike lanes-drivers would be more polite (safe)
OP is telling us "Taking a lane" doesn't work!! Not really news to anyone but the VCers-(who generally are in bike friendly/bike aware cities/towns)
It-"Taking a lane" only works where you don't really need it.
Might be interesting to poll VCers-see where they live ride.They are convinced it works-but the rest of the bike riding public are convinced it doesn't.