I learned to ride in Toronto, where behaviour such as the following is legal:
if there is not enough space to share the lane safely with another vehicle, it is legal to ride near the centre of the lane, so that drivers must wait or change lanes to overtake
Is this also true in France?
I asked a french man (the father of a competitive cyclist) who replied something which implied, "no": that cyclists should keep right at all times, and that although groups ride two-abreast, they return to single-file if a car approaches from behind.
I would like to double-check: is it legal, and is it at all customary or is it likely to annoy or cause aggressive driving?
Examples of when I might want to use it include:
- In a town where the road is narrow or lined with parked cars
- In the country-side, going up a hill with many bends, where it wouldn't IMO be safe for an overtaking car to leave their own lane (which would tempt them to overtake me without leaving much margin)
Cars routinely slow down behind tractors when they go up that hill; but when I was driving (a car) I was surprised to see a cyclist hugging the verge as if there was enough room for me to overtake him safely (I didn't think there was and so I didn't).
Also, is there any legally-required overtaking margin (for example, "cars must leave a gap of one metre (3 feet) when overtaking a cyclist")?
FWIW I understand there is strict liability law in France, which may help, nevertheless I'd like to do whatever it is I should.