The following tips are really common sense and are included in the handbook, but these in particular have been items where I have noticed drivers around me have reacted to a slow moving ebike in a manner that reduces my safety and other drivers and pedestrians.
Here goes in no particular order:
- Fill the road if necessary. When there is a parking lane that is currently empty, in courtesy to others who can drive a little faster I will lane change and drive in the parking lane. Only if there are no parked cars. My little rule is for at least 3/4 of a city block, which is time for traffic to pass me, without me having to slow, and come to a complete stop behind the parked car. Once traffic has cleared, shoulder check, mirror check, signal, and move back into the main street lane. Do NOT drive in the little space between the moving traffic lane, and parked cars. You will get hurt.
If you are driving on the one and only moving traffic lane, there is no parking lane to move into, then you have 2 choices. One, pull over and stop and wait for traffic to clear. Always shoulder check, mirror check, signal and move. Or secondly, you must own the width of the lane, sit tall and make sure that people know that you are watching traffic. Sometimes you have to make a few cars slow down for a block until you find a safe place to lane change out of traffic. Do NOT pull over a bit to make room for people to pass you! You will eventually get cut off or driven over.
And other drivers out there... I know you aren't reading this because you are on the site for hot rods, or super suv's or something... but please DO NOT pull into oncoming traffic to pass bike riders who are moving slowly. Just be patient, maybe the rider is trying to turn left. I had a driver pull up to me, yelling that I should only drive against the right sidewalk. Hard to turn left safely from there.
- To be sure, use hand signals. My ebike is equipped with fully functioning front and rear signal lights, but in rush hour traffic I have a feeling the other drivers are not paying enough attention to me. A firm use of the hand signals with your hand held flat