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Old 11-25-13, 06:51 PM
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How Do You Handle This Situation? Riding On A Narrow Urban Road.

I am interested in learning how other riders handle some common urban riding situations. I'll start with this one. I've used multiple choice to make it easy to answer, but please feel free to expound, explain, or advocate. My guess is that there is a range of behavior represented here.

You are riding on a street with one narrow traffic lane in each direction, curbside parking, no bike lane, posted speed limit 25 mph. The cars ahead of you are going 20 to 25 mph. There are cars behind you, and intermittent car traffic in the opposite direction. The traffic lane is narrow, so even if you ride close to the parked cars on your right, the cars behind cannot pass you safely without going halfway over the centerline.

1. Do you position yourself
a) to the right of the lane, close to the parked cars
b) in the middle of the traffic lane
c) other (explain?)

2. You are at a 100 foot section where there are no parked cars. Do you
a) hold your original position in the lane
b) move to the right and ride in the parking strip to let cars pass you, then move left to your original position
c) other

3. You are riding through an intersection. Do you
a) hold your original position in the lane
b) move to the right and ride in the parking strip to let cars pass you, then move left to your original position
c) other

4. You stop at a red light. Do you
a) stop off to the right, and let cars pass you when the light turns green
b) stop in the middle of the traffic lane, and keep cars behind you at the green light
c) other

5. The road is flat. There are cars following you. Do you try to maintain a speed that is
a) roughly the flow of car traffic, 20-25 mph
b) brisk but below car traffic, 15-20 mph
c) leisurely cycling, <15 mph
d) other

6. For just one or two blocks, the road has a gentle upwards grade (2-3%). Do you
a) work hard to maintain your previous flat road speed
b) slow down to maintain your previous effort level
c) other

7. A car ahead of you has stopped to reverse into a parking spot. There is no oncoming traffic. The car takes up the whole lane. Do you
a) stop behind him and wait
b) cross the centerline and pass him on the left
c) move right and pass him on the right
d) go onto the sidewalk and pass the parking car
e) other

8. A car ahead of you has stopped for a pedestrian who is still on the far opposite side of the street. Do you
a) pass the car on the right
b) pass the car on the left
c) stop behind the car and wait
d) other

9. You come to a stop sign. There are no cars near you on the street, and there is no cross traffic. Do you
a) ride through the stop, while slowing either a bit or not at all
b) ride through the stop, while slowing to a walk
c) stop momentarily and proceed without putting a foot down
d) stop, put a foot down, and proceed
e) other

Thanks for satisfying my curiosity!
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Originally Posted by jyl View Post
I am interested in learning how other riders handle some common urban riding situations. I'll start with this one. I've used multiple choice to make it easy to answer, but please feel free to expound, explain, or advocate. My guess is that there is a range of behavior represented here.

You are riding on a street with one narrow traffic lane in each direction, curbside parking, no bike lane, posted speed limit 25 mph. The cars ahead of you are going 20 to 25 mph. There are cars behind you, and intermittent car traffic in the opposite direction. The traffic lane is narrow, so even if you ride close to the parked cars on your right, the cars behind cannot pass you safely without going halfway over the centerline.

1. Do you position yourself
a) to the right of the lane, close to the parked cars
b) in the middle of the traffic lane
c) other (explain?)

2. You are at a 100 foot section where there are no parked cars. Do you
a) hold your original position in the lane
b) move to the right and ride in the parking strip to let cars pass you, then move left to your original position
c) other

3. You are riding through an intersection. Do you
a) hold your original position in the lane
b) move to the right and ride in the parking strip to let cars pass you, then move left to your original position
c) other

4. You stop at a red light. Do you
a) stop off to the right, and let cars pass you when the light turns green
b) stop in the middle of the traffic lane, and keep cars behind you at the green light
c) other

5. The road is flat. There are cars following you. Do you try to maintain a speed that is
a) roughly the flow of car traffic, 20-25 mph
b) brisk but below car traffic, 15-20 mph
c) leisurely cycling, <15 mph
d) other

6. For just one or two blocks, the road has a gentle upwards grade (2-3%). Do you
a) work hard to maintain your previous flat road speed
b) slow down to maintain your previous effort level
c) other

7. A car ahead of you has stopped to reverse into a parking spot. There is no oncoming traffic. The car takes up the whole lane. Do you
a) stop behind him and wait
b) cross the centerline and pass him on the left
c) move right and pass him on the right
d) go onto the sidewalk and pass the parking car
e) other

8. A car ahead of you has stopped for a pedestrian who is still on the far opposite side of the street. Do you
a) pass the car on the right
b) pass the car on the left
c) stop behind the car and wait
d) other

9. You come to a stop sign. There are no cars near you on the street, and there is no cross traffic. Do you
a) ride through the stop, while slowing either a bit or not at all
b) ride through the stop, while slowing to a walk
c) stop momentarily and proceed without putting a foot down
d) stop, put a foot down, and proceed
e) other

Thanks for satisfying my curiosity!
1. a
2. b
3. b
4. a
5. b
6. b
7. b
8. c
9. c
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I'll skip the multiple choice and say that I use common sense based on experience, tempered with courtesy.

My general lane placement for two lane roads (1/1) is to the right of the lane's center, or 2'+ clear of parked cars. The proximity I'll allow myself to cars depends on my experience in the neighborhood, leaving more room where there's plenty of turnover (drivers coming in and out), but often being willing to work closer in areas that I know cars are likely parked idle all day (based on neighborhood experience, not science).

The courtesy comes in keeping track of how many I've backed up and for how long, and the distance or time to a passing opportunity or light. If I see a long section where I can pull over and let traffic clear without stopping, such as the 100' break described, I'll do it, but either slow down to let traffic clear, or beginning a long slow merge back to where I need to be when it ends.

I've also had situations, where I've pulled off and stopped and waved traffic past. A process that takes all of 10 seconds, and seems fair under the circumstances.

In all traffic situations, I try to balance my rights and needs with that of other road users. In 45+ years it seems to be working, and I've haven't had a car collision since I was doored 46 years ago. Meanwhile, I've hit one van (100% my fault) and had a number of close calls with right hooks and left crosses which left minor damage on the cars, with none to me. All in all I think the system works.
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Old 11-25-13, 10:52 PM
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I make sure I'm clear of the door zone, if theres a clearing I'll ride in it to let cars pass,red light I get as close to the curb as I can to let cars turn, & continue on green, I maintain a speed I'm comfortable @, same for hills.
Use common sense/rules of the road, stay within your comfort zone, obey you local laws, shoulder check frequently.
I also wave cars to pass me when they're kind enough not to act like jerks. IMO its the right thing to do.

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Old 11-25-13, 11:13 PM
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My daily commute includes exactly that kind of road, which includes flat and slight uphill sections.

1. Do I position myself...
a), but I try to maintain at least a reasonable amount of space between me and the parked cars so I don't get doored.

2. I am at a 100 foot section where there are no parked cars. Do I...
a), there's no other way for me. If I moved to the right in that short section, it'd be hard for me to get back into the lane when I see the next parked car.

3. I am riding through an intersection. Do I...
a) or b), depending upon the volume of traffic.

4. I stop at a red light. Do I...
a) or b), depending upon the volume of traffic.

5. The road is flat. There are cars following me. Do I try to maintain a speed that is...
b), I'm most comfortable at 19-20 MPH on the flat with little or no headwind.

6. For just one or two blocks, the road has a gentle upwards grade (2-3%). Do I...
b), I try to maintain my cadence on uphills. Besides, I don't feel the need to try harder just for the sake of motorists.

7. A car ahead of me has stopped to reverse into a parking spot. There is no oncoming traffic. The car takes up the whole lane. Do I...
b)

8. A car ahead of me has stopped for a pedestrian who is still on the far opposite side of the street. Do I...
Usually c), but I admit I've done b) in the past.

9. I come to a stop sign. There are no cars near me on the street, and there is no cross traffic. Do I...
b) or c)
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I personally always try to maintain the same speed as the regular flow of traffic. If I can't, I just take the lane on narrow urban streets and ride as fast as I can, without risk. I always use the proper hand signals and I do stop at all stop signs and traffic lights. I also stop whenever a vehicle ahead of me stops, for whatever the reason. Sometimes the reason is not what you perceive it to be. I always try to steer clear of door zones! Whenever making a left-hand turn, I always use a hand signal and take the lane to turn. Whenever, I can't maintain speed, I always try to veer to my right on wider roads, so that others may safely pass me.
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Thanks for the responses. Interesting to see how other people do things.

My usual practice, which I know could be improved
1 a - I usually ride 2-3 feet from the parked cars, but move further out in the lane if I see heads in the parked cars or if cars are starting to pass me unsafely.
2 b - I always move to the right, in the spirit of "slower traffic keep right", watch my helmet mirror and move assertively back in the lane when I need to
3 b - Ditto
4 a - but at an intersection where cars often turn right, I try to stop on the (often imaginary) line between the go-forward lane and the right-turn lane/pocket
5 a - I try to keep up with traffic, how hard I'm willing to work depends on how long I'll have to keep it up. On a commute ride, wrapped in head-to-toe rain gear with my 30-40 lbs of bike and stuff, 20-22 mph is doable but 25 mph won't last long
6 a/b - If there are cars behind me, I'll usually work harder to keep up speed until the next open spot where I can move over and be passed. If there aren't following cars, then its up to my mood.
7 b - Maybe I should stop, but honestly this is what I do
8 a - Ditto
9 b - If there are "witnesses", I'm more likely to do "c"

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Originally Posted by droy45 View Post


1. a
2. b
3. b
4. a
5. b
6. b
7. b
8. c
9. c
He's a Mainer (Main-ah) and I trust him.
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1. Do you position yourself
c) other (explain?)
In the left one third of the lane to prevent close passes.


2. You are at a 100 foot section where there are no parked cars. Do you
c) other
hold my position.

3. You are riding through an intersection. Do you
a) hold your original position in the lane

4. You stop at a red light. Do you
i proceed to the front of the intersection and plant myself squarely in front of the first car.

5. The road is flat. There are cars following you. Do you try to maintain a speed that is
my normal cruising speed is in the mid 20s.

6. For just one or two blocks, the road has a gentle upwards grade (2-3%). Do you
i would not even notice the grade.

7. A car ahead of you has stopped to reverse into a parking spot. There is no oncoming traffic. The car takes up the whole lane. Do you
cross on the left it it's safe to do so.

8. A car ahead of you has stopped for a pedestrian who is still on the far opposite side of the street. Do you
if the pedestrian is two lane widths away i pass on the left. otherwise i wait. i also stop aggressively and block the whole lane to allow peds to cross. peds >> cyclists > motorists.

9. You come to a stop sign. There are no cars near you on the street, and there is no cross traffic. Do you
assuming that i've checked for traffic carefully...i typically slow to ~12-15, move to the left, and accelerate through the intersection at a left to right diagonal.

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i typically slow to ~12-15, move to the left, and accelerate through the intersection at a left to right diagonal.[/B]
Sorry man, but I don't believe you have much acceleration from 15 mph.

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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
I'll skip the multiple choice and say that I use common sense based on experience, tempered with courtesy…
+1, and I use a rear view mirror.

IMO, most of the above-described scenarios fall under these two Commutinati Rules:
  1. (3a)"No matter how well-paved or lightly-traveled the Road, a vehicle is likely to pass on the left as you encounter an obstacle on the right."

  2. (3b)"Like a gun, approach every parked car assuming it is loaded (with a driver or passenger ready to exit)."
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
Sorry man, but I don't believe you have much acceleration from 15 mph.

i know it's hard to believe but a vegan diet and geared drive trains actually help me ride faster than 12-15!

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Originally Posted by jyl View Post
You are riding on a street with one narrow traffic lane in each direction, curbside parking, no bike lane, posted speed limit 25 mph. The cars ahead of you are going 20 to 25 mph. There are cars behind you, and intermittent car traffic in the opposite direction. The traffic lane is narrow, so even if you ride close to the parked cars on your right, the cars behind cannot pass you safely without going halfway over the centerline.

1. Do you position yourself
a) to the right of the lane, close to the parked cars
b) in the middle of the traffic lane
c) other (explain?)

2. You are at a 100 foot section where there are no parked cars. Do you
a) hold your original position in the lane
b) move to the right and ride in the parking strip to let cars pass you, then move left to your original position
c) other

3. You are riding through an intersection. Do you
a) hold your original position in the lane
b) move to the right and ride in the parking strip to let cars pass you, then move left to your original position
c) other

4. You stop at a red light. Do you
a) stop off to the right, and let cars pass you when the light turns green
b) stop in the middle of the traffic lane, and keep cars behind you at the green light
c) other: Stop to the right, but signal to cars behind of my intentions since quite a few drivers here don't use their turn-signals.

5. The road is flat. There are cars following you. Do you try to maintain a speed that is
a) roughly the flow of car traffic, 20-25 mph
b) brisk but below car traffic, 15-20 mph
c) leisurely cycling, <15 mph
d) other

6. For just one or two blocks, the road has a gentle upwards grade (2-3%). Do you
a) work hard to maintain your previous flat road speed
b) slow down to maintain your previous effort level
c) other: depends on traffic flow; I will work harder not to impeded traffic and keep a pace, but will not over-stress myself

7. A car ahead of you has stopped to reverse into a parking spot. There is no oncoming traffic. The car takes up the whole lane. Do you
a) stop behind him and wait
b) cross the centerline and pass him on the left
c) move right and pass him on the right
d) go onto the sidewalk and pass the parking car
e) other

8. A car ahead of you has stopped for a pedestrian who is still on the far opposite side of the street. Do you
a) pass the car on the right
b) pass the car on the left
c) stop behind the car and wait
d) other: pass the car on the left and stop next to the drivers window to wait for pedestrian

9. You come to a stop sign. There are no cars near you on the street, and there is no cross traffic. Do you
a) ride through the stop, while slowing either a bit or not at all
b) ride through the stop, while slowing to a walk
c) stop momentarily and proceed without putting a foot down
d) stop, put a foot down, and proceed
e) other

Thanks for satisfying my curiosity!
Hope this helps!
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1. b - if its narrow I tend to keep to the middle-right side of the lane, far enough from parked car doors but tending the the right side if there is no oncominng traffic in case cars try to pass crossing the yellow line. If there are a number of cars piling up I may start thinking about what to do

2. a (typically), b in some situations - it depends on the situation. Going in and out of parked cars is dangerous as cars may not see you and you become less predictable, so I try to stay in my position in the lane. I do keep an eye on cars behind me. If only a couple cars that I can let safely pass I may do b. Or I may do b if there are many cars and wait to pull back out when it is safe.

3. a (typically) - but there are some scenarios where I let cars pass if i feel its safe.

4. b if a couple cars that I am holding up, otherwise a

5. b (typically) but there are stretches of my commute like this where I can maintain 20+ so don't feel bad about holding up traffic

6. a

7. a or b depending on the situation (are there cars behind me, how busy is the road typically, how good is visibility, etc).

8. c or d (sometimes I will pass the car on the right and stop to wait for the pedestrian vs stop behind and inhale the exaust

9. b or c - depends on the intersection/road and how crowded it typically is, if its a 4 ways stop, how good visability is, etc.
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Am I in a cycling-friendly city where all these situations are perfectly common, or a California suburb full of Freds, or am I in a city where cyclists are about as common as coatimundi? Cycling in Paris, only briefly, was a revelation in how different it can be from one city or country to another.
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I haven't seen a 20 mph speed limit since moving to Georgia, and darned few 25 (school zone limit, no kidding). On a street with 20-25 I think I'd just ride like a motorcycle including left tire track. But if you go as low as 30 here (in a car), some fool is going to be tailgating honking and gesticulating so that's just a pipe dream.
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1. Do you position yourself
a) to the right of the lane, close to the parked cars - Unless cars who are able to pass because the other lane is clear start passing too close to me. Then I will take the whole lane.
b) in the middle of the traffic lane
c) other (explain?)

2. You are at a 100 foot section where there are no parked cars. Do you
a) hold your original position in the lane - Maintain my position, which is the right side of the lane.
b) move to the right and ride in the parking strip to let cars pass you, then move left to your original position
c) other

3. You are riding through an intersection. Do you
a) hold your original position in the lane - Maintain my position, which is the right side of the lane.
b) move to the right and ride in the parking strip to let cars pass you, then move left to your original position
c) other

4. You stop at a red light. Do you
a) stop off to the right, and let cars pass you when the light turns green - They can pass me when the light is red (right-hand turn), but when the light is green, I'm not waiting to go. I'm quicker off the line than cars.
b) stop in the middle of the traffic lane, and keep cars behind you at the green light
c) other

5. The road is flat. There are cars following you. Do you try to maintain a speed that is
a) roughly the flow of car traffic, 20-25 mph
b) brisk but below car traffic, 15-20 mph
c) leisurely cycling, <15 mph
d) other - Depends on my mood, destination, and how soon I need to arrive. If I'm not in a rush, I generally try to bring my speed down to better take in my surroundings and enjoy the ride. Unless of course the current road I'm on is dangerously busy, then I pick up my pace until I'm at a less constricted area.

6. For just one or two blocks, the road has a gentle upwards grade (2-3%). Do you
a) work hard to maintain your previous flat road speed - Hills are waiting to be conquered
b) slow down to maintain your previous effort level
c) other

7. A car ahead of you has stopped to reverse into a parking spot. There is no oncoming traffic. The car takes up the whole lane. Do you
a) stop behind him and wait
b) cross the centerline and pass him on the left - Unless there are blind spots, then it's slow down to see if driver takes note of me so I can pass on his right.
c) move right and pass him on the right
d) go onto the sidewalk and pass the parking car
e) other

8. A car ahead of you has stopped for a pedestrian who is still on the far opposite side of the street. Do you
a) pass the car on the right
b) pass the car on the left
c) stop behind the car and wait
d) other - Pass the car whichever direction is safest (pedestrian's location isn't clear in your wording).

9. You come to a stop sign. There are no cars near you on the street, and there is no cross traffic. Do you
a) ride through the stop, while slowing either a bit or not at all - To be honest, yes. Although lately I've been trying to be more "law-abiding" at stop signs, so hopefully option B soon.
b) ride through the stop, while slowing to a walk
c) stop momentarily and proceed without putting a foot down
d) stop, put a foot down, and proceed
e) other
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Am I in a cycling-friendly city where all these situations are perfectly common, or a California suburb full of Freds, or am I in a city where cyclists are about as common as coatimundi? Cycling in Paris, only briefly, was a revelation in how different it can be from one city or country to another.
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1. Do you position yourself
c) other (explain?)
In the left one third of the lane to prevent close passes.


2. You are at a 100 foot section where there are no parked cars. Do you
c) other
hold my position.

3. You are riding through an intersection. Do you
a) hold your original position in the lane

4. You stop at a red light. Do you
i proceed to the front of the intersection and plant myself squarely in front of the first car.

5. The road is flat. There are cars following you. Do you try to maintain a speed that is
my normal cruising speed is in the mid 20s.

6. For just one or two blocks, the road has a gentle upwards grade (2-3%). Do you
i would not even notice the grade.

7. A car ahead of you has stopped to reverse into a parking spot. There is no oncoming traffic. The car takes up the whole lane. Do you
cross on the left it it's safe to do so.

8. A car ahead of you has stopped for a pedestrian who is still on the far opposite side of the street. Do you
if the pedestrian is two lane widths away i pass on the left. otherwise i wait. i also stop aggressively and block the whole lane to allow peds to cross. peds >> cyclists > motorists.

9. You come to a stop sign. There are no cars near you on the street, and there is no cross traffic. Do you
assuming that i've checked for traffic carefully...i typically slow to ~12-15, move to the left, and accelerate through the intersection at a left to right diagonal.
When I'm by myself, this^^^, except for numbers 4 and 9. Oddly enough, I stop at the stop signs (while watching out for motorists behind me since they generally don't stop at them). I also am inclined to wait my turn at red lights unless there is going to be a widening of the road or ending of on-street parking just past that intersection that will allow me to stop taking the lane. Of course, the motorists get equally angry at my presence whether I jump the line or not.

If I'm riding with my wife and she's on her town bike, then it's a slightly different experience. Her cruising speed is sloooow, like 10-15 mph. We'll still take the lane, but if there's a gap in the parked cars she will pull into it unless I over-rule her (and that's only going to happen if there's so many cars both in front and behind that we would be stopping and waiting to get back in with no net gain for the motorists). I stay back from her as far as I can without allowing a car to squeeze in between us. That gives her the illusion that no one is tailgating, since they're on my tail fifteen feet back. She's also much more likely to stop and wait while a motorist backs into a parking place, unless she finds herself in the way, in which case she will pass on the left and I'll follow suit.
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When I'm by myself, this^^^, except for numbers 4 and 9. Oddly enough, I stop at the stop signs (while watching out for motorists behind me since they generally don't stop at them). I also am inclined to wait my turn at red lights unless there is going to be a widening of the road or ending of on-street parking just past that intersection that will allow me to stop taking the lane. Of course, the motorists get equally angry at my presence whether I jump the line or not.

If I'm riding with my wife and she's on her town bike, then it's a slightly different experience. Her cruising speed is sloooow, like 10-15 mph. We'll still take the lane, but if there's a gap in the parked cars she will pull into it unless I over-rule her (and that's only going to happen if there's so many cars both in front and behind that we would be stopping and waiting to get back in with no net gain for the motorists). I stay back from her as far as I can without allowing a car to squeeze in between us. That gives her the illusion that no one is tailgating, since they're on my tail fifteen feet back. She's also much more likely to stop and wait while a motorist backs into a parking place, unless she finds herself in the way, in which case she will pass on the left and I'll follow suit.
i convinced my better half to stop swerving in and out of parking areas by pointing out the stain on the road where someone who did this was hit (broken bones but full recovery).
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At 17 MPH, you cover 25 ft/s, so if you have a 100 ft gap, you'll cross it in around 4 seconds, but the problem you'll create is is how are you going to merge back into the lane if it's full of cars.
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In Georgia you are supposed to be treated like any other vehicle. The law does require you to ride as close to the white line as possible. However that only applies to roads that are wide enough for a car to pass you in the same lane and allowing them to give you 3 feet of clear between you and them. That means on most two lane roads in Georgia a car is required t treat you like a slow car. They are supposed to get over in the other lane to pass. Of course our problem here is most of Georgia is not very bike friendly. Most drivers don't even know the bike laws much less follow them. Still I try and obey all laws when riding. If I am holding up traffic I will pull over when I can to allow these restless drivers to pass. We are also required to use all signals to turn, stop at signs and redlights, etc, which I do.
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A lot of good answers here, most show common sense and good bicycling practice. The only thing I would add is to find a better bike route, as usually there are options.

Long-term, cyclists should be working together to convince the authorities to improve these poorly designed roads.
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The only thing I would add is to find a better bike route, as usually there are options.
It's not at all clear to me that choosing a less trafficked circuitous route is always better or safer than mashing away on a direct arterial route.
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Questions 1-4:
On a narrow street, I'm going to occupy the entire traffic lane to prevent any traffic behind me from being tempted to pass with inches to spare, but if there's a clear spot where passing can be done safely I'll move over to the right. At most stop lights, I move left and stop right next to the centerline so that if a driver behind me wants to make a right turn on red, they're free to do so.

5-6: I'm going to do my best to ride at the prevailing speed of traffic.
7: The driver of the car is backing into a parallel parking spot, I'm going to politely stop and wait for him to do so. If there's no traffic at all coming on the other side of the street, I might cross the centerline and just go around the parking car.
8: Vehicles must yield to pedestrians and I am operating a vehicle, so I come to a stop behind the car which is stopped for the ped.
9: If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a noise?
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