Post by Someone Somewhere Post by Neil Williams Post by email@example.com
I bicylce through the city now and again. I normally keep to the
left, follow the rules of the road, obey traffic signals and keep
away from larger vehicles.
I also try to avoid the "holier-and-cooler-than-thou" attitude with
Seems to work for me.
Me too. Drive defensively and cycle defensively. Get there a bit
slower, but get there safely and without being completely adrenalined
The problem is that a lot of people interpret "defensively" as taking a
holier-than-thou attitude to the road and ending up getting in other
road users way unnecessarily and hence causing the kind of aggression
they are trying to avoid.
The opposite, surely. You appear to be describing what cyclists call
"assertively" (which some claim makes them safer as well as faster, but
isn't defensive as usually meant).
In particular, defensive cycling involves picking a route with the least
opportunities for conflict (even if it's not the most direct) and
getting off and pushing if that's safer than insisting on "your right to
use the road".