This may be old hat to some of you who have been through the MSF, but I was thinking about it this morning as I rode through the morning mist alongside the fields of corn.
Lane position can enhance both visibility and safety margins. When I ride in town, I typically position myself in the lane such that I have a quick, direct out, turning vehicles are more directly in front of me, and so that I'm on the smoothest strip of the road. For instance, just heading alone down a street I'll ride close to the center line so that viewing each side is equally possible. If I spy a car at a crossroad, I sometimes shift over to the right side of the lane and then back again, making me a more visible object. The gear helps too
If I really want to be seen, I'll stand up on the pegs, but the timing and environment have to be pretty secure for that. When I stop at intersections, I'll usually be either far to the left or to the right (when turning) to offer larger escape routes for vehicles approaching from the rear.
Out in the country, the safest place is usually nearest the center line, it seems to me. This gives me an extra second or so in case a deer rears its horny head from the adjacent field from either side. If low-lying crops are on the right, however, I'll tend to hug that side, maximizing my distance from the forest of corn. Ditches should be avoided as if they were a field of high crops or dense woods. Most difficult of all is dealing with crossroads that have cagers running stop signs. The ones I know that are reknowned for this require a slow-down for me and I'll even re-route to avoid them if possible.
Anybody else have some special rules for lane positioning in their environment?