Marx wrote:Besides, even if most drivers see a bike rider, they have the 2nd problem of not being able to judge the speed of a bike rider, or their own speed in clearing what is left of the gap they were hoping to exploit.
They are simple matters that any driver should be able to cope with. If they can't they should be glueing their licence back on the Weeties packet
Here's an idea of how assertive lane placement works well for a cyclist.http://vimeo.com/8932817
Pete, there are other factors at work in that video: the size of the load attached to the bicycle, and the number of bicycles. In my experience, as soon as motorists see an unusually-loaded bike, they automatically take more care (just in case it's a kiddy trailer). I ride assertively, confidently and predictably, riding in the middle of (quite often just to the right of the middle) the left lane, and I still get motorists overtaking me while
- failing to change lanes fully;
- failing to indicate the lane change before and after the overtake;
- failing to slow down when necessary; and
- failing to give way to traffic in the lane next to mine.
Also, cyclists riding together in a group are less likely to have close encounters with motorists than lone cyclists. At least, that's what I've observed on our roads a large number of times.
In other words, if you want to demonstrate that lane placement alone keeps cyclists safer, this video isn't the best example.