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Originally Posted by Helmet Head
I think this passage (slightly edited) from another thread succinctly describes the essence of cyclist rights and practical safety reasons to take the lane, when it is appropriate to do so.
What do you think?
This quote considers only one of many different legitimate reasons to operate in the primary (center-ish) position in the lane: A narrow two-lane road with insufficient sight distance. Here the primary concern is suprises from oncoming traffic that may occur during the motorist's pass, and the utility of discouraging a too-close same-lane pass in such locations.
The "essence" of cyclists' right to take the primary lane position derives from our right to use the roadway as vehicle operators, the safety benefits of increased visibility and hazard clearance near the center of a travel lane, and the reality that side-by-side operation of a bicycle and a motor vehicle in a single lane is often undesirably unsafe and should be discouraged in such situations. These situations are affected by everything from road design and maintenance to the speeds and destinations of the road users involved.