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Safest way to ride this road?(4 posts)

Safest way to ride this road?Joe Nordic
Jun 5, 2003 7:59 AM
As a followup to my earlier question on riding in traffic -
what is the safest way to ride in this situation?

A 2-lane state highway out in the country. 55 mph limit,
light, but fast traffic. Fog line with 3 foot paved shoulder. A car is approaching me, and another car is
coming up from behind, not slowing down. I believe the car
from behind is going to pass me at the same time as the
oncoming car. So I move onto the shoulder and hope that
the road surface remains good with no glass, etc.

Is this the right way to handle this situation?
Jun 5, 2003 8:16 AM
I assume the "fog line" is the white line between lane and shoulder right? I've never heard it refered to as such.

I'm also assuming the pavement is the same in the lane as it is in the shoulder. I'd ride to the right of the line or on it. If, for some reason you feel threatened, you have two feet to move to the right. You shouldn't have to "hope" the road surface remains good with no glass. You should be able to see it, right.

If this shoulder is just some type of afterthought by the DOT and is all nasty I would just ignore it altogether. I'd ride on the line or to the left and force traffic to reduce their speed. Some roadway engineers call for the "lanes" to be designed to handle traffic while the shoulder is just asphalt on top of gravel. That's BS and I'm not riding on it.
I agree..Dave Hickey
Jun 5, 2003 8:40 AM
Assuming the shoulder is paved, I always ride on or to the right of the white line. The only time I'll take a lane is if there's no shoulder. Then I always stay a couple of feet the the left of the white line to prevent two cars from passing at the same time. I ALWAYS wave a thank you to the car that slowed down until the oncoming traffic has passed.
That's what I do..GeekRoadie
Jun 5, 2003 9:42 AM
One of my favorite routes takes me through a section of roadway similar to what you have described (55mph posted but more like 65mph). Normally, I'll stay 6 inches to 2 feet to the right of the white line depending on the condition of the shoulder. If there is NO shoulder, I'll take the lane and ride the about 2 feet to the left of the line. As usual, ride predictably and try to avoid making sudden movements. I'd also suggest using hand signals before "taking the lane"

As a side...
Watch out for cars overtaking slower cars on these two lane highways. At least once a month somebody will pass (usually an 18-wheeler) and will go into the other lane. Nothing worse than seeing a car going about 80mph, seemingly, right towards you.