Especially now that Robert is back to full power, I'm not the kind of girl who's afraid to take the lane, especially when the side of the road is a mini-glacier.
I understand why people have a hard time doing that- and I can completely sympathize with someone who doesn't feel comfortable doing it. You have to be willing to make people wait for you- and it's tough to put yourself in front of fast moving cars and assume that they see you and won't react angrily to you being "in their way".
So I was riding down Broadway today in my normal position, about 2 1/2" left of the white line which normally is plenty of space to make people commit to going into the other lane to pass. There are two lanes each way there, and traffic is really pretty light. However, twice today people tried to pass me WAY too close. After the 2nd one, I moved in the to absolute middle of the lane- about 5' from the right line.
No problems after that. Even the obnoxious cabbie who I thought was going to give me a hard time, patiently waited and passed by going completely into the other lane.
I guess sometimes you gotta take the WHOLE lane.