Dilemmas: Biking

The onset of spring weather has brought with it a return to bicycle commuting, and an interesting dilemma: If I’m riding as far over to the right as I can, right on top of the curb or parked cars, passing traffic seems to cut in next to me as tightly as it can, which is a bit anxious-making. On the other hand, if I ride further out into traffic, owning my lane, then traffic gives me a wide berth, but it seems rather like tempting fate.  Obviously the public policy solution is more bike lanes, but what is the optimal riding position on automobile-prejudiced roadways?

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