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Old 08-10-18, 09:58 AM
Paul Barnard
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
I have literally never seen that happen, but of course you would exercise caution. You watch the front wheels, and the occupants.

That's really kind of a reach Paul. They are all stopped, you're going pretty slow, a 3-foot rule for the bike would be pointless. But generally, I'm not passing any more closely than many of them passed me.

There is no right hook possible when the cars are stopped, and avoiding that potential right hook is one of the big advantages of filtering to the front. If the light happens to change on the way up, my own preference is to slide in behind a vehicle, preferably one that IS turning right. I'll go through behind him, and no one has been delayed.

It is not illegal for autos to pass on the right in through traffic lanes.

When the light turns green a right hook is most assuredly possible with the first car in line. That based on my watching the positioning of most bicyclists who do it.

I am going to put a spin on your words to give you the motorists perspective of what you do.

If the light happens to change on the way up, my own preference is to slide in and cut off the vehicle behind me. The person that is behind you will feel the same way anyone would when someone cuts in line in front of them. What happens when the spacing of the vehicles is such that you can't safely reenter the traffic pattern?

I don't see doors open curbside often, but it does indeed happen.

Us bicyclists do a whole hell of a lot of mental gymnastics to justify being in the middle of the lane, but happily relegate ourselves to the road's edge to filter to the front. What are the primary safety reasons we don't hug the curb?

For me this all boils down to a risk vs gain equation.
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