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Middle of the lane

2013-08-29 20:39:30.556025+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

[Image demonstrating visibility differences between cyclist on the right side of the lane and in the middle.] I have long been a right-shoulder hugger in my bicycling habits, but this demonstration of how visible cyclists are in different lane positions is striking. More middle of the lane will be happening. Wow.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-30 17:44:06.99623+00 by: Larry Burton

I don't take the center of the lane but since cars are legally suppose to give me 3' as they pass and a standard bicycle lane is 5' in width my rule of thumb is to ride 2' to the left of the right side white line or curb. This is especially true if there is no turning lane and my lane is narrower than normal. I don't want people thinking they can pass me without crossing the centerline under those situations.

This graphic just gives me one more reason to not hug the curb.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-30 17:56:02.985198+00 by: dexev

Yep. I figure if there's not room for cars to pass me in the traffic lane, I want to make sure they swing all the way into the oncoming lane. Plus, it gives me somewhere to go if they make a close pass.