I may just have to resort to being smack dab in the middle of the lane instead of a foot away
This made me think about something that I’m always a little conflicted about.. If there isn’t space for a car to overtake safely (imo anything less than a whole lane is questionable, depending on speed and size of vehicle obvs!) then I think the best place is to be right in the middle. Your safety just can’t be left to every random driver who wants to push past, with varying perceptions of what’s an acceptable distance to overtake at.
The only fallout (not that I give a fuck in my case) is that it causes frustration and aggro for drivers, who see it as you blocking the road. This is slightly less of an issue for ‘fast’ cyclists but a big one for slow cyclists like my dad or my son. Where their anger gets amplified by being slown down to about 10mph by a tiny little person on a push bike right in the middle of the road.
So I know that’s the safest place for them, but I also know it’ll cause the most conflict.