Thanks for the tip about the lights. I'll remember that next time I'm in the States. All of our lights now go through a phase of all being red, often with green lights for pedestrians to cross during the break, so if you do move off a bit sharp all you're likely to hit is a pedestrain - or a cyclist who thinks that the lights don't apply to him.
Golden rule is to position yourself so that you're in a defensive 'bubble' of time and space. You can trade these off. If you're tight for space, increase the time by going slower. Again, read Motorcycle Roadcraft.
yeah that won't happen in the US. We're too big and if the federal government were to pass a federal mandate for that, states would cry about expanding federal oversight. Would be nice if all the states would implement something like that. Might cut down on T-boning accidents.
Man, I reckon if I was at the front of the queue at the lights and it went green and I counted "one one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand" I'd get honked at by the traffic behind. I understand the need to check the intersection is clear before you enter it but I don't think waiting 3 seconds to go is necessary.
I got told that flash the brake lights thing with a car looming up behind after we all watched the video of that guy that got smashed from behind and landed on his feet. It's a bloody good idea!
Road Hazards: Avoid sudden changes in direction or speed when crossing white lines in the wet
I don't know if it's recommended but I like to think that I sometimes eliminate motion camouflage by weaving ever so slightly in my lane.
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3 seconds is a bit on the long side for me but I've never gotten honked for it. If someone did honk me for that, I'd probably just sit there to piss the guy off and teach him some manners. I wouldn't do that for the light warning honks but I've done that before for the full on get the fuck out of the way honks.
I do this too. I also signal with both my lights (stock signals on rear, so they aren't piddly LEDs) and use hand signals with them to increase visibility.
hand signals when you're switching lanes or braking?
I find my self flashing the brake like a lot. Even if the car is already stopped and is trying to creep up on me. I also sometimes rock side the side if I see the guy is paying no attention to me while I flash the brake light.
yeah, ny cars definitely like to do that. See how close they can get to the back of my bike. If I turn around and look at them, it usually stops them.