Rider123 wrote:When you speaking of riding 'big' and assertively, what exactly do you mean?
I normally ride on 2-lane, 3-lane roads (i.e. Cantebury Rd) and when i do so i ride in the left-hand lane (obviously). However, i position myself so i am basically in line with the left wheel of a following car. I try to 'encourage' drivers indirectly to change lanes to get past me and so often is the case. Is that being too 'big' on the road or not 'big' enough?
I would say, as you do. Obviously conditions vary but when taking the lane is justified then that is what I do. I suspect you're doing it right. No way am I going to be shoved off into the door zone [kill zone] when someone has one or 2 other lanes to choose from.
Big - in the UK there's a whole school of thought and published opinion on the theory of BIG which is largely correct IMO, if not a slightly longwinded way of making the point. Be big, be seen, assert your right and presence. [ahh, trailgumby's just added a link. Many thanks]
In Adelaide I regularly ride through our biggest, hairiest roundabouts [it's only that because Australian drivers often have no idea how to negotiate an RAB] where 5 roads intersect at the Britannia Hotel. The way to get through is psychological - sit up in the saddle, hands on brake levers, elbows slightly out, head up and looking for trouble or challenges. The posture is unmistakable: even THINK of getting in my way and I'm coming in through the windscreen to rip your throat out!!! As a cyclist you have few defenses, so psychology is important; if you look uncertain, or unsure of where you're going then car drivers will, without another thought, push past or pull out in front of you. I point lane changes and turns clearly, aggressively marking my space so there can be no misunderstanding. etc etc