I think VC can be fairly cleanly divided in AVC and BVC - Advanced VC and Basic VC.Originally Posted by sggoodri
Basic VC is the collection of VC techniques and practices most experienced cyclists already use, but most novices need to learn, such as:
Advanced VC is the collection of VC techniques and practices few experienced cyclists already utilize, at least not consistently, and almost all novices need to learn, such as:
- Right on the right half of the road, with vehicular traffic.
- Obey traffic control.
- Use hand signals before turning.
- Use lights/reflectors at night.
- Use speed positioning, including riding in the margins.
- Turning left by waiting for a gap before merging left.
- Using negotiation to create gaps.
- Merging left one lane a time.
- Signaling using look backs.
- Being able to look back for more than a fraction of a second without riding off course.
- Using assertive "centerish" lane positioning to discourage lane sharing/squeezing when the lane is too narrow to be safely shared.
- Using assertive "centerish" lane positioning to improve sight lines and conspicuity when safe and reasonable to do so.
- Recognizing when traffic behind needs a hint about what to do, and providing it appropriately and effectively.
- Recognizing when and where bike lanes are okay to use, and when they should be avoided.