just a little question from my ride home tonight- nightime, saturday night, motorpacing traffic moving 30-ish (MPH) on 4 lane one way road thru downtown. red lights allow me to move ahead of the pack in the vacant lanes and get the jump on traffic off the greens. taxicabs, drunks out for the night, buses.
the potential of being overlooked by drivers is real, the potential of being merged into by driver in next lane over is present.
what does the savvy vehicular cyclist do on a multilane road when they and traffic is moving at the same pace? always avoid being alongside another vehicle due potential hooking merge or lane change?
being at near maximum speed, do you slow down to avoid being alongside another vehicle, wiggle waggle, weave to get noticed, smile and wave, steely eyed glares?
just a little question without any right anwser. I know how I ride this type of road, during the day or at night. (I'm a traffic jammer, and pick it up consistently to 29MPH in sprints off the stops....)
what do YOU do when you're moving as fast as traffic on a multi laned arterial? ride like a vehicle, take advantage of your bike and its unique vehicular characteristics, or pretend you're a tractor?