flyor64 said:Can we vent here?
Exclusive to red-light runners and/or helmeltless riders?
What about groups (especially small...2-4 riders) that don't single up when cars approach?
Should we single up so the cars can get by easier or should we keep the road and force them to wait til they can pass safely? All the while hoping they do actually wait til it's safe to pass?
In most U.S. states the law that requires cyclists to keep right does not apply in many cases, including when a lane is "too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane." It also does not apply in many other cases, including when passing others, as in a rotating paceline, and when approaching "a place where a right turn is authorized".
There are excellent safety reasons for these exceptions. When approaching potential turn places, sharing lanes should be discouraged to practically eliminate the chance of being right hooked, and to make yourself more conspicuous to potential crossing and turning traffic in front of you. If you ride far right in a narrow lane, that encourages and invites motorists to try to dangerously squeeze in next to you. I've encountered countless number of cyclists who tried riding further left more often, and, without exception, all were pleased and surprised at the much improved treatment they got. Here is a video example of what I'm talking about.
How narrow is a narrow lane? Basically any lane under 14 feet.
Wide outside lane
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the United States of America, wide outside lane (WOL), or wide curb lane (WCL), is a term used by cyclists and bicycle transportation planners to refer to the outermost lane of a roadway when it is wide enough to be safely shared side by side by a bicycle and a wider motor vehicle at the same time. Generally, the minimum width standard for a WOL is 14 feet (4.3 m). A WOL may also be known as a wide outside through lane (WOTL) to differentiate it from a right turn only lane (an outermost lane for traffic that will turn right, not intended for use by through traffic).
Conversely, a narrow lane is a lane that is too narrow to be safely shared side by side by a bicycle and a wider motor vehicle at the same time. When the outside lane of a roadway is a narrow lane, it is sometimes referred as a narrow outside lane (NOL) or a narrow curb lane (NCL). To encompass only through lanes, the term narrow outside through lane (NOTL) is sometimes also used.
In some jurisdictions, the rules of the road apply differently for a cyclist when the roadway has a WOL or a NOL. For example, in the state of California all cyclists are legally required to ride "as close as practicable to the right-hand" side of the roadway when the lane is wide enough "for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane." What exactly constitutes "wide enough" is not specified and has not yet been addressed by case law. Vehicular cycling experts recommend that a cyclist always use the full lane when it is narrow. In other words, a person should not attempt to share a marked lane which is not wide enough for effective (i.e., efficient, safe and lawful) passing within the lane.
To illustrate how WOLs are generally considered to be facilities which primarily benefit cyclists, consider a road marked with a bike lane; if the bike lane stripe is removed, what remains is a WOL. Some vehicular cyclists and bike lane opponents advocate for WOLs instead of bike lanes, arguing that WOLs provide most, if not all, of the benefits, without any of the drawbacks that bike lanes impose on a person just because they are traveling by bicycle. Still others maintain that the primary purpose of providing the additional roadway width (whether in the form of a WOL or a bike lane) is to facilitate the passing of cyclists by motorists.
So whenever a group is riding in a situation where a solo cyclist should be controlling the lane, it's also not a good place to single up and keep right for the same reasons. This occurs far more often, especially in urban and suburban areas, than most people realize. Consider that every driveway is a "place where right turns are authorized", and traffic lanes are rarely 14 feet or wider.
I can understand motorists not getting this and getting upset with cyclists who don't ride single file, but it's sad to see fellow cyclists complain about it. Very, very different from running red lights.