Hello. Been lurking for almost a year, and learned a lot from this site during this time. Very helpful info when I came to do my roadtest. Thanks to all!
New rider as of April/05. Did the Basic Skills and Traffic Course at BC Safety Council. Did very well, and had 1 demerit on my roadtest OK, enough bragging. Really enjoyed the course, but was very intensive... as it should be.
Done about 8000 km since April and just love the sport. I have a cruiser, so I have a different style of riding, and expections, but I find the information here very helpful as it's local to me.
My concern is the HOV lane. I go home in the afternoon and head east on Hwy 1 from Burnaby. I ride in lane position 3 (LP3) in the HOV lane as recommended by BCSC with headlight on high beam (daylight hours).
My FEAR is that a car will pull out in front me and go into the HOV lane. I actually saw a rider down in the HOV lane a couple weeks ago, and it really shook me up. He looked OK though
So, I was told by my instructors that I should keep my speed differential down between the lanes. So, if the middle lane (fast/passing lane) is doing 60 km/h, then I should be doing no more than 70 or 75 km/h. I flash my brakes lights twice warning people behind me that I'm about to slow down, and adjust my speed to whatever the fast/passing lane is doing (10- 15 km/hr faster).
It seems that some drivers get VERY angry at this. I had a BMW 5 series pass me on my LEFT in the HOV lane by Brunette exit today. Then I had a pickup truck come up beside me in the fast/passing lane and do all kind of gestures (as if I can hear him doing 90 km/h) and he looked royally upset. Not knowing what state of mind he was in, I changed my LP and got away from him.
I even do this while driving the car.. have done for years. To me (and BCSC) it seems suicidal to drive 90 or 100 km/h in a lane where the fast lane is doing 50 or 60. Invariably somebody pulls out and then there's an accident with possible injuries/death.
So, given this scenario, what do the folks on this board do? I've seen very little on this subject, and that's what finally prompted me to pipe up and discuss. This is a good topic for more than just myself. I hope this is in the right forum.