Despite years of debate, there is still disagreement about where a cyclist should position him or herself when stopping at a traffic light. Different groups of cyclists have arrived at various conclusions about what constitutes the safest and most efficient approach to navigating an intersection. One’s riding style and tolerance for risk usually determine which of these approaches a cyclist takes.
Those who favor the “take the lane” approach to cycling believe that cyclists should stop directly behind the car in front of them, just as if they were another vehicle. They find the idea of riding alongside the cars abhorrent. And, the concept of controlling the lane intensifies their convictions about always using the full lane for maximum safety. Continue reading ….