I think my situation is not typical. I ride narrow, hilly, rural roads. I am the only local citizen adult bike rider for miles around. Most everyone knows who I am.
If a car (or more likely, a pick-up truck) comes up behind me and no one is coming towards us on the other lane, I get over to the right but I stay on the road and I let them swerve around and pass me.
If someone comes up behind me and wants to pass and there is an oncoming vehicle in the opposite lane, I will swerve off the road and let the two vehicles pass without someone having to slow way down till they are clear to pass. In the rare occasion where there is no way I can swerve off the road I will get in the middle of my lane and force the car behind me to slow down until it is safe for him to pass.
I hear a lot of folks complaining about cyclists taking up the road when they don't have to. I've seen bikers riding on the hiway when there is a bike path right next to the road. I've heard of bikers riding in the middle of the traffic lane with headphones on, oblivious to cars trying to pass. Last weekend I saw 2 roadies passing through the area riding side-by-side and chatting away with a string of several cars behind them waiting for a chance to pass.
I figure If I pull over and keep people from having to slow way down or worse yet, crowd me off the road, I'm building up good will. I hear too much *****in about bikers and I've seen some selfish riding that makes me mad.
Anyone else make room for cars, or do you prefer to assert your right to the road and makes cars go around?