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This is not my personal opinion, but in the book Effective Cycling, it suggests bikes stay out of the way of traffic and that that bicyclists should position themselves to the right of traffic, and only in the right tire track if the lane is narrow.
this advice directly out of EC the book contradicts a glib 'use the right hand lane as normal for traffic'.
from the Forester-driven EC notebook from his tenure at the LAB as bike educator.... EC is much more a edge of the road methodology. I characterize it as the EC curbhug, even though most bicyclists posting here knows not to curbhug, bicyclists should NEVER, and I mean NEVER, position themselves relative
to the cars passing them.
I would never suggest this submissive lane positioning technique.
Originally Posted by Effective Cycling notebook
Here's a general rule: ride just to the right of traffic, except in a narrow lane, when you should ride in the right hand tire track.
a far cry from 'use the right hand lane as normal for traffic'. that incomplete methodology completely ignores both bikes unique operating characteristics and the statutory duties of bicyclists.
I'm a proponent of "take the lane, share the road when safe."
Last edited by Bekologist; 06-27-11 at 07:53 AM.