By Alan Dowds
IT'S the entire point of a bike in town of course: filtering through crappy traffic makes up for what can sometimes be a cold and wet bike commute. But how to do it better? Here's our top tips on filtering from Alan Dowds, who's been bashing his way through city traffic for almost three decades…
1: Start gently
If you've recently passed your test, then be careful here – filtering can be a risky endeavour, and you'll need to build up your brain's inner software subroutines gradually. Start with simple filter jobs – getting to the front of a red light, say, rather than going straight for the 65mph M25 kamikaze efforts.
Don't be afraid to be right out on the opposite side of the road when overtaking stationary traffic. It gives you a better view of any oncoming traffic and therefore more time to react to it. Also, you get more time to react when pedestrians emerge from between cars you're overtaking.
Slowly, slowly, catchee monkee, and try not to catch a speeding van up your backside.