So there I am this morning stopped at the light at Elm and Kimbrough heading east toward MSU. I’m first in line. The switch at this intersection often doesn’t trip for bicycles.
There was very little traffic. A guy in a minivan pulls behind me — and we wait.
After a bit, I decide to pull a maneuver that I will use in such situations if I deem it safe and necessary. I looked back at the motorist — difficult to see him in the glare of his windshield — pointed to the trip and then waved him forward. I swung left to take a position behind him. This is not a legal move strictly speaking, but it is one that helps keep things moving and is easily accomplished without hazard. And I only use it if there’s no other traffic about.
As I’m pulling behind him I see that he’s not pulling forward. His window is open — despite it being 37 degrees — so I said “pull forward and trip the light.”
That’s when I noticed he was texting.