Am I being to picky here?
I was perusing a book I have on loan from the library '1,000 All-Time Top Tips for Cyclist', by Ben Hewitt. In one section, 'Tips for Skill Builders' it gave a few tips for dealing with motorist, and it struck me that it is all a bit one sided... it is up to the cyclist to keep out the drivers way. I fully agree, you should be responsible, but these just appear to place the responsibility on the cyclist... even to the point of grinning and bearing the actions of some motorist that could potentially kill you... but here they are
Ways to Keep Drivers Friendly
1. Keep left. If there's a wide, clean, safe cycle path, use it. One thing that always irritates motorists is a cyclist riding in the road when a good cycle path is present.
2. When riding with a friend, ride side by side only when it won't cause traffic to back up or pass dangerously.
3. Don't force vehicles to overtake you repeatedly. At a traffic light, stay behind the last car instead of going ahead of drivers who may have just had difficulty overtaking you safely. Next time, they might not be so careful.
4. Ride predictably. Maintain a straight line. Use hand signals when turning or changing lanes.
5. Stay off busy roads. Drivers will be uptight enough without your being in their way. Find an alternative route out of the main traffic flow if possible.
6. Don't provoke a reaction. Don't circle in front of stopped cars or lean on one while waiting for a light.
7. Be gracious. Motion a driver to make his turn in front of you if you'll be slow getting under way. Who knows? That driver might look a bit more kindly on the next cyclist down the road.
8. Obey all traffic laws. Don't run lights or stop signs, or zip through road works. When cyclists disregard the rules of the road, drivers have a right to be annoyed. To get respect, you must show respect.
Yes.. agree, some of the point are no brainers... you STOP at red lights and stop signs. But as to earning respect, that work both ways to me.