I've decided to put HHs Center Lane Positioning to the test. I am going to ride that way -- dead center, only pulling over to let people pass if it's safe (no parked cars to cause me to be in the door zone or other things that might not appear obvious to the motorists behind me) -- for at least a week.
I'm going to ride this way anywhere there is no decent bike lane, which means any residential or city street that is narrow, or has parking near the bike lane, whatever the speed. Dead center, no compromise to allow for the squeeze-by. Let's see how it works.
Since I've already begun, I'll give my first report.
Day 1 (Sat AM) Trip to coffee and back along Mission. Two lanes each way. People pass me well into the other lane, however some cut me off to show their annoyance as they merged back into my lane. Not much different than normal, actually.
Day 1 (Sat PM) Trip to the bank and back in Downtown area along Micheltorena and Santa Barbara St. SB St. has two lanes in my direction so although I could see some last minute panicking behind me, people did pass me by completely changing lanes. Micheltorena gave me the pleasure of several cars that attempted to pass me in on-coming traffic but had to merge back in behind me. What were they thinking?
Tomorrow I will try it on the farm road I ride on. The one that has a development full of BMWs and Mercedes at the end. Semi tractor-trailers, real tractors, BMWs and me. That should be fun. I'll also do it by the Jr. High. Those parent dropping off their kids should be a fun challenge.