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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-05-2017, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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lane placement?

since someone just brought this up, which part of the lane do you typically stay in while on the freeways and interstates and highways and byways and such?
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since someone just brought this up, which part of the lane do you typically stay in while on the freeways and interstates and highways and byways and such?


I like to stay in far right hand side of my lane. For me if a distracted driver is coming towards me or a vehicle comes flying up behind me I feel I have a better chance of getting out of the way, but thatís just me.


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Depends where you live and condition of road actually.
Here, the roads crown in the center so rain runs off. The right side usually is the roughest.
I am always dodging dead animals, potholes, manhole covers, gravel up here so I am all over the road.
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What I learned from the Rider Skills class is that your lane position changes all the time. Say, for example, if there is a left curve then you should be on the far right side to extend angle of view and be able to see behind the curve as far as possible. If there is a hill then stay in the center and raise off the seat again to see as far as you can. If you are on multiple lane road riding on the right lane then you should stay on the left side of the lane so the others can see you and will not try to change a lane right where you are. If riding in the middle lane(s) then your position depends on traffic on adjacent lanes. Anyways, my lane positioning is all over the lane, I don't stay in one lane portion all the time. That's what I learned from both MSF and Motor Officer. They call it "defensive riding"

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What I learned from the Rider Skills class is that your lane position changes all the time. Say, for example, if there is a left curve then you should be on the far right side to extend angle of view and be able to see behind the curve as far as possible. If there is a hill then stay in the center and raise off the seat again to see as far as you can. If you are on multiple lane road riding on the right lane then you should stay on the left side of the lane so the others can see you and will not try to change a lane right where you are. If riding in the middle lane(s) then your position depends on traffic on adjacent lanes. Anyways, my lane positioning is all over the lane, I don't stay in one lane portion all the time. That's what I learned from both MSF and Motor Officer. They call it "defensive riding"
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I dont try to stay in any part of the lane.

I ride with the flow of traffic, and move within my space to optimize my view, and my visibility to other drivers.

when I stop behind a car at an intersection, I stay 10 ft behind them, on the left side, and point my bike to the left of the car in front of me, in case I need to get out of that spot.

A couple people thought I wanted to pass them and tried to wave me thru - they must be from California :^)

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Since we don't have a law in maryland that you must be in the right lane, except when passing, I normally am in the left lane, and in the left side so I am away from people in the right lane, and can hit the shoulder.

If traffic is busy, and people are just being agressive, I will move randomly to the right, so people don't think the space is empty and attempt to move into me.
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Normally ride in the left lane, on the left side of the lane. Unless of course I am riding behind someone which then I ride on the right side.

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Left portion. I've found that riding center or right then cars tend to assume that i don't need the unused portion of the lane. Especially freeway. Back roads I'll ride like center left. Right side typically but not always has more loose gravel and debris.
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i don't like the curb side because an animal or person or whatever can surprise you too easily, loose gravel and car doors opening are other things on that right side, on the highway i position myself where i feel safest, sometimes i ride the middle if there's no oil trac there, you hardly ever hear anyone talk about the middle it's not always dirty there
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