> 13:19:58 -0700 (PDT) the perfect time to write:
> >> > ... If it were likely that a motorist didn't
> >> > see me taking the lane due to visual clutter, I'd have been run over
> >> > from behind long before now.
> >> I'm thinking of traffic entering from the right. ?Taking the lane (or
> >> more of the lane) does help, but when you get cloud cover and flat
> >> lighting, objects can get lost in a background, and a right turning
> >> motorists who looks quickly to the left ?can miss a drab colored
> >> cyclist.
> >That's not been a problem for me when on my bicycle. ?I actually can't
> >remember a single such incident - which doesn't prove that it never
> >happened or can't happen; just that it doesn't amount to much.
> >One reason it might not amount to much could be the typically lower
> >speed of a bicycle. ?The motorist making a right turn would be tending
> >to move away from you, so closing speed would be lower. ?Besides, a
> >bike doesn't need a whole lot of lane to avoid contact.
> >I _do_ worry about that when on my motorcycle, and to a certain extent
> >when in my car. ?I worry less on a bicycle, although I generally shift
> >to the left part of the lane (on either two wheeler) if someone is in
> >a position to pull out like that.
> I refine that slightly, in that my move to the left is timed to
> coincide with the driver looking in my direction, so that the lateral
> movement attracts their attention.
It is, indeed, quite helpful if the driver is *ever* looking in my
> That's a technique taught to police advanced motorcyclists, but it can
> be used to good effect by the rider of any two wheeler.
I refine it further. Since you have to check or be aware that it's
clear to move left, once I've done that (positioned for maneuvering as
may be necessary), I am checking the *next* lane, too - even if it's
for oncoming traffic. I am also dynamically assessing what the
"threat" is apt to do, and have probably already scoped out a host of
If they are oblivious to your presence and pulling out in front of you
to turn right, bonus for slapping the driver's side window as you blow
past them (carries some risk, though - as since they're obviously at
least distracted and/or oblivious and quite possibly inherently
scatterbrained, it's always possible that they suddenly realize they
meant to turn left and then try to throw a U-turn or something)... and
of course none of that works anyway if you're "typically lower speed".
> >> My commute this morning, however, is proof that conspicuity is no
> >> guaranty of anything. ?I had so many conflicts, I thought I was in one
> >> of those old driver's ed simulator movies. ?I was wearing a ghastly
> >> green PI jacket and had my eye-popping 700 lumen flasher blazing away,
> >> yet people turned in front of me, pulled out in to me, etc., etc. ?I
> >> had to check my body to make sure I hadn't turned invisible.
> >What was your lane position like? ?Or were you in a bike lane?
> >> And last gripe, some ass clown in a Mini about ran me down last
> >> night. ?This is more confirmation that Mini drivers are the absolute
> >> worst -- notwithstanding the Bohemian cred of the car. ?I think the
> >> drivers believe they are so small that they can pass bicyclists under
> >> any circumstances -- like a bicyclist passing a bicyclist. ?Anytime I
> >> see one, I now take ALL the lanes -- my SMS approved side flags drop
> >> in to place, ten flashers activate and my Planet Bike MP3 calliope
> >> starts blaring "I Love a Parade."
> >Too bad sirens are illegal, no?