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Old 04-10-08, 03:18 AM   #26
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It all comes back to one simple question. How much experience does the author have in terms of cycling in traffic? Or cycling generally for that matter? In any other activity, that would be the first question asked when something like this is written. I rarely pay attention to "safety instructions" of this nature, because my own experience is usually far greater than that of the author (with a couple of rare exceptions).

Unfortunately, cycling seems to be unique in that it's the only activity in the world in which a person can get behind a keyboard and suddenly become an "expert" with no experience needed.
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>If drivers really have so much "difficulty" in overtaking cyclists, perhaps we should always push to the >front and ensure we clear the intersection to make it easier on them.

That's the standard here. In fact, many intersections have an extra line with a bike symbol in front of the normal stop line, so that cyclists know to wait there. I tend to take off in a curve, veering left (away from traffic), then back into the flow as I get more stable. At least everyone can see what I'm doing.

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...Unfortunately, cycling seems to be unique in that it's the only activity in the world in which a person can get behind a keyboard and suddenly become an "expert" with no experience needed.
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..and quite often behind traffic planning draughting boards too
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What's missing from this list is the preamble: If you're going to ride in traffic, you need to claim your space on the road in order to be safe. However, sometimes it is possible to give back some space and help out other road users without compromising your own safety. For instance ...
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That's the standard here. In fact, many intersections have an extra line with a bike symbol in front of the normal stop line, so that cyclists know to wait there.
Yeah, we have the same line markings in this city too. I have to say that in all the places I've ridden (in Australia, New Zealand or the UK), I've never known drivers anywhere to complain about me picking my way to the front of the queue at traffic lights.
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