So on my third day commuting, I'm liking it, and getting to know the ropes.
Background - I'm a road rider and am used to riding the roads but for weekend and training/fun hill rides etc. Not usually through rush hour and main arteries. So I'm fine with cars being close and am vocal and can be aggressive when it comes to communicating with drivers.
Today on the way home I had a run in with bus route #19.
I'm going along and see a city bus who ends up turning behind me heading my way.
I'm 4' over in the lane, just off the right tire track on the road and creeping out more as the road is coming up to a T stop where I make a right.
The Bus driver starts honking the horn to tell me to move over apparently. I glance back to see the placement and another series of honks. I look back and give a sweeping gesture, universal for "slow down" or "stay back" to communicate my intent to stay put.
At the light I wait till all cars pass before making a right onto a narrow two lane bridge that has no shoulder area. I take the right tire track in an attempt to "take the lane" and blast through the 150 yard or so bridge so as not to hold up traffic too much. Bus driver makes a right behind me and is coming up fast. Honk honk again. I stay put and am powering along at 20+mph. Then I see the bus veer left and move to pass, crossing the solid yellow and oncoming traffic has to move right to survive ( I can only imagine what the lead car was thinking).
Admittedly, I sort of lose a bit of nerve and wander slightly right for safety as I'm thinking "you dumb@$$!".
The bus accelerates past me and I'm in the clear just as I reach the end of the bridge where a bike lane begins (ironically).
So I wrote a nice detailed report to the city transit with bus number and route number. Maybe they'll get a laugh out of it.
So I know now that I am somewhat at fault here. I did not fully and completely "take the lane" so that a left side pass would have been suicide. I left a tiny "opening" that the driver squeezed a bus through.
It wasn't all bad today though, a car driver stayed back as I rode up a steep bridge and gave me plenty of room and kept the speedy right lane at bay till I was able to stop at the light on top. I nodded a thanks to him and he gave a friendly wave. So it takes all types...