Curbhugging. Riding next to the curb or edge of the road. This is not an endorsement nor a condemnation of either curbhugging or vehyicular cycling, just some observations.
Last night, riding home. unaccomodated, 30mph, two lane, narrow urban streets with houses, driveways, mix of business and residential, stoplights at arterial crossings. On street parking. A cyclist even moderately taking the lane or riding anywhere near the right tire track would block traffic from passing if oncoming traffic is present.
I'm a very assertive, 'take the lane', cross the double yellow kind of bicyclist. I ride uber-vc.
Yet, a curious phenomenon occured- I found spots - no oncoming traffic, no parking on my side, etc,a few blocks to the next signalized intersection, etc... where i could ride right next to the curb- like 6-8" away and let cars pass me. It wasn't in violation of any of my safety standards, and was 'vehicular' in operation.
THEN it came to me!!!! riding like a curbhugger can be a VC technique!!