In Southern California, the car is king. Many places people need to go are connected by freeways or multi-lane arterial roads. Sound familiar?
What’s a bicycle driver to do in such a car-dominant environment?
In a series of excellent videos, Dan Gutierrez and Brian DeSousa have demonstrated the techniques cyclists use to safely and effectively navigate arterial and urban roads. The cyclists are not riding at high speeds, they are simply controlling their space in the lane and negotiating when they need to merge.
(NOTE: because of the helmet-mounted video cameras, they need to use rear-view mirrors, rather than turning their heads to scan. A head turn communicates with the motorist and shows a human face—it make the maneuvers even easier.)
I use this technique in Central Florida on roads like Colonial, 436 and 17-92. It works and it is safe. Yes, occasionally motorists will honk. This is simply a territorial noise they feel entitled to make.