05-21-09, 07:57 AM
nvincent Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: NYC
I'm a submissive "lane giver".
If I was on a fast road bike I would probably be more of an assertive "lane taker". I try to ride as far to the right as possible.
I ride mountain bikes, so my wheels and tires aren't as
affected by sewer grates and other roadside obstacles that might hamper road bikes.
Occasionally I'll swerve out of the way of a big pothole, but that usually gets drivers excited and they start honking like hell and that can be even more annoying than riding over the pothole.
Sigh. As Keri points out; "Nothing will reinforce a person’s fear of traffic faster than luring them into a compromised position like this." That is, to ride in the gutter with motorists speeding past at your elbow.
To repeat again, if a motorist can see that his path is clear, he may not slow or even yield his lane position for a cyclist.
His lane position allows him to be unnoticed by motorist turning left across his path or pulling into the road from his right. He will also be inviting right hooks.
He has resigned himself to ride through the trash and potholes in his way- he has even selected a type of bicycle with those expectations in mind! Fear of motor vehicle traffic has so bullied him, that he is afraid he will annoy drivers by avoiding potholes.
He has so internalized the stay out of the way directive that he thinks one must be a fast rider to venture into the lane, lest he impede them.
Unless this cyclist can buddy up with someone to show him by demonstration that his fears are misplaced, he will always be a crippled bicyclist. The walls around his ghetto are so high he can't see our world.