That seals it then. Take a firm primary position and claim your road space. If needed, this also provides a get out route.User1314 said:Thanks for the answers all. To clarify - we are only talking a few seconds for a car to wait - ie the lenghth of four or five parked cars.
The crux of the matter appears to be this - the approaching cars. So,
One thing I think Fossyant said rings true - as I recall it was that the parts before and after the city are the dangerous ones, because it's where people try to make up time after/before crawling through the city centre.User1314 said:Ironic thing is that now I can cycle across central London with confidence, I need to start getting to grip with the rat-runs of the Suburban backwaters.
I agree with this. It's taken me about a year, but now I find that if I commute at my regular time, motorists I encouter seem not to be to surprised that I'm there; some even hold back for me. I wave a cheeful and very large "thankyou" pour encourage les autres. If I commute later or earlier than usual, then I encouter traffic which seems not to know what to do if a bike is around, and I seem to spend more time shouting and gesticulating than waving thanks.John the Monkey said:<snip> If you commute at the same times, hopefully the "regulars" will get to know you and be more ready to give you the room.