Topic is inspired by some of the comment in A&S, and whilst I don't want to kindle controversy and argument I'd certainly like to reflect on the views of people here who've been riding for many years.
I responded to an A&S topic where it was being advocated by some that moving out of the traffic lane was akin to 'apologising' for being a cyclist:
That was merely a comment dropped in. I wasn't really interested in pursuing debate amongst folk who often seem to go hard at each other in a manner akin to rabid dogs, but I gained further insight after googling the name 'John Forestor' when a subsequent post mentioned it. I found this on the Sheldon Brown website:
Hang on a bit! Here's me thinking this is to do with expediency, rather than inferiority/superiority! Anyways......
I see some absolutely wonderful cycling tracks amidst the photos which accompany many of your ride reports. Paths and tracks which I could only dream of riding on, because there's nothing remotely like them anywhere around here. But surely they're not everywhere you ride, so how do you approach riding on the road or road shoulder?
From a personal point of view, were one of those narrower, no-shoulder rural roads to be for some reason or other very busy with vehicle traffic I'd simply find a better route to travel. Wouldn't make sense to me to ride on it amongst traffic so thick that vehicle drivers had less chance of seeing me because their attention was already taken by the idiots in other cars! I can see the point being made, but I consider it to be an idealistic rather than a realistic one!