Lane Control: What it is.
The ability of a vehicle operator to stay in their lane and discourage the illegal shared use of a single lane of traffic. All drivers of vehicles are required to maintain their lane. Failure to maintain your lane could result in a traffic ticket
So when you are riding a bicycle and the lane is less than 14 feet, you need to be smack dab in the middle of the lane.
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A lot of cyclists worry about the perception of motorists in regards to cyclists who control the lane.
I can understand the concern.
If anyone is going to harass a cyclist it is more likely to be someone who would harass any road user who didn’t operate their vehicle to the harassers satisfaction.
There is just no pleasing some people.
Controlling the lane is about safety and visual communication. By placing yourself in the center you are physically communicating to approaching motorists that they need to change lanes to pass. The sooner they react, the sooner they can move over, and the less time they will waste in maneuvering around you.
The other reason you control a lane is to discourage close passes and potential motor vehicle/bicycle side swipes. Getting struck on the side is a far more common motorist on cyclist accident than being struck from behind.
Examples of the different types of Motorist on Cyclist crashes can be found by clicking on “How to not get hit by a car“.
Lane Control will help you become a more confident cyclist and will reduce a lot of traffic conflicts that frighten most cyclists into staying off the road all together.
Above all else remember to relax, smile, and enjoy your commute.