Retrogrouch in Training
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Knee-deep in the day-to-day
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If you take the 4 lane don't bother with the shoulder. 1 foot isn't enough to accomodate you under normal conditions. Add in ice, snow, and any other debris that might accumulate and you're in for a world of hurt. If you're lucky you'll fall to the right and just hurt your ego. Otherwise you may end up taking a spill into that right lane. Instead you should take up a position in the right lane and practice your vehicular cycling skills.
Or take the shoulder on the other road (which is presumably reasonably clear).