The above article on Commute By Bike, I found very informative - and it highlighted a way that I was doing it "wrong" - riding too far to the right DOES cause problems, causes a "squeeze", and can be more dangerous. This, as I stand corrected, seems to make sense why some cyclists I've witnessed might not alway be hugging the curb-line - they're claiming the lane. Now, I think this needs to be tendered to to automobile audience of the moment, and should be used as a guideline, not as a fist-on-the-table rule. If someone is giving you a hard time on the road, give them more room to pass. This is also shown in the video link on Kent's Bike Blog. I think the learning curve for a lot of motorists around here is kinda steep, so I've been playing 50/50 with this guideline - staying to the right, but not SO far to the right that I have nowhere to go. Could I do better? Absolutely - and it's got me thinking about tomorrow's commute already. I'm not perfect, and I'm okay with that. I think most of us ARE doing a fine job, and things have gotten better over the years. Diligence pays off, however, and I encourage even seasoned cyclists to take a look at these links, and offer your commentary, feedback, experiences - positive or negative. I opened this can, after all. Talking about it helps us all benefit.
Thanks for reading!