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Cycling and Traffic 
18th-Mar-2010 09:02 am
Open Road!
I got held up a couple of times this morning by oncoming traffic that I needed to turn against.

I think it says something about cycling vs driving that traffic in the same direction is something that I basically ignore
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17th-Mar-2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
Most drivers basically ignore it except when it gets in the way. Cyclists sometimes get to ignore it a bit more because you may have an area to the side that allows you to, for example, go past a line of cars stopped at a light until you actually reach the intersection (and have to stop), but in general the traffic you flow with can be ignored.

Here I would never cycle in traffic, though; there's no shoulder to ride on, and riding IN traffic would be at the least the cause of a traffic jam behind you and at worst your death as someone either failed to see you or went Road Rage on you. And then there's potholes and such.
18th-Mar-2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Riding in traffic really isn't that dangerous, unless US traffic lanes are noticeably narrower than Australian ones.

The width required to accommodate trucks/buses generally leaves enough for car + bike.

For the most part even without a shoulder cars can get past me without changing lanes. Mostly they don't (and I'd rather they didn't) but they can. :)

19th-Mar-2010 01:49 am (UTC)

US traffic lanes are 11-12'. In theory, that's wide enough. In practice, I don't trust people driving three times faster than I'm moving, in vehicles weighing a ton and a half, to pay attention to exactly where they are in the lane while they are shaving, talking on their cell phones, looking at the scenery, eating breakfast, or whatever else. Especially when there IS no lane to change to, unless they wish to drive straight into oncoming traffic (two-lane road, major traffic artery, one going east, one west. Lots of traffic ranging from little cars to 18-wheelers).

In those situations, the traffic generally doesn't dare go BY a bicyclist, and when someone screws up their courage and passes you, they will direct invective at you for blocking the road.
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