I disagree with laws that require a full lane when passing, they are dangerous. I challenged Tom's seemingly adamant stance that we should take over the lane. Just as car drivers are mandated to share the road, we should also share it as much as possible. To do otherwise angers motorists and is not good will for bicyclists. I have actually considered making a large bumper sticker saying "Pass me in THIS lane" with an arrow pointing down. I try to wave by those who are holding back behind me. I live in the most dangerous state for bicyclists, Florida, but I am treated pretty well in my town because they see me keeping to the far right at all times and they see me waving drivers by or pulling off to let them pass. I also have considerable experience as a former corporate bike club president and commute reduction coordinator as well as 10 years of ebike commuting before retirement. I say share the road.I disagree with Popeye here. I control the lane that I'm using. I do choose safe places to pull off and 'release' faster traffic.
I help to create circumstances for the motorist to make a safe pass; the motorist forgets about me as soon as they get past me.
In states with a 3ft passing law, a lane would have to be 15ft wide in order for a motorist to legally pass my ELF while sharing my lane with me (4ft ELF + 3ft space + 7ft vehicle width + 1ft for mirrors).
Crossing a double yellow line to pass a cyclist is legal in specified circumstances in North Carolina, and in other states.
I am League Cycling Instructor #3603.