Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
Originally Posted by prathmann
Not in my experience. You seem to be assuming that the line of cars will be moving pretty slowly after the light turns green. At the intersections I'm thinking of that's not the case and the line will soon be going well above typical cycling speeds. The cyclist in the line then has a choice - move over to the right and face the prospect that some of the cars passing him are likely to be turning right as they reach the corner and execute a right hook; or continue to claim his position in the lane and block the cars from passing. The first choice is usually unsafe if there's any significant fraction of right-turners and the second results in a sizable gap opening up - more than enough to let the traffic sensor conclude that it's time to switch the lights.
I'm not assuming anything, I am speaking from decades of actual experience. Unless you are sitting out in a long line of cars on a 50-65mph highway, or in a line of cars backed up a half mile, it's quite easy to match the car in front of you's acceleration from 0 to 25mph or faster. If you are in the two former cases, you should be looking for another route. If you are going uphill...oh well, sucks to be behind you.
Also, I NEVER yield the lane until I am through the intersection and it is safe to do so. If that means the guy behind me is delayed for a second or two, oh freakin well...my safety comes first.
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