Special scenario for taking the lane: riding around a blind curve next to parked cars [Video]

The following video is an addendum to learning how to ride your bicycle safely on the streets. In that article, I write about the importance of taking the lane and why it is sometimes necessary to do so.

Riding in the middle of the lane makes it extremely clear to drivers FROM FAR AWAY that there is a cyclist in the lane and that there is not enough space to share the lane.  This may sound scary, but it actually provides greater peace of mind than the very hazardous door zone for which you have no control over.  So if you don’t take the lane and a door pops open, you’ll swerve left and if a car happens to be inches next to you (a highly possible scenario), then you will be trampled.  And if you don’t swerve left, then you go straight into the door.  Not cool at all.

Sometimes when you’re commuting by bicycle, you have to be ballsy like this.  And drivers won’t understand.  They’ll probably even honk at you.  Try to forgive them of their ignorance for they just have no clue on the kinds of hazards you’re dealing with.

  • JohnB

    You’re right, but why not show doing it after you’ve explained it?

    • http://www.antranik.org/ Antranik

      And who is going to hold the camera for me?

  • Tom Armstrong

    Why not control the lane as a default position, since then you don’t have to cram figuring out whether you can into the second or two before you hit that car door? It’s far less stressful that way.

    • http://www.antranik.org/ Antranik

      The answer is, it depends on the situation. If the lanes are narrow, by default one should be taking the lane as I say in my other articles on how to ride safely on the street. This, however, is on a very busy highway where there is actually plenty of room most of the time for bicycles to not interfere with cars passing by, so as a courtesy I am not ALWAYS taking the lane unless it’s necessary, which it is in this case. So again, you just have to use your judgement. And yes, it’s far less stressful to just take the lane and forget about it, I totally know how that feels.