OK I suppose it isn't really interesting - unless you're interested in safe, defensive motorcycle commuting. To me, as an advocate for riding bikes to work and as someone who has a vested interest in being able to do so safely, it presented a great example of the hazards you face every day riding a motorbike in traffic (but may not have thought about).
|Imagine a car parked in the left hand lane opposite the Keep Left sign|
Based on this, I decided that there was potential danger to me if I just continued along as is and did nothing. From that point it was pretty simple reasoning: if I slow down to make room for her to merge in front of me, I am placing myself in danger of being hit by the car behind me who may not have put 2 and 2 together, or just may not be paying attention. On the other hand, the road ahead of me is clear, and my bike can out-accelerate her car without even trying. Solution? Twist the wrist, and put about 2 car lengths between me and her in under a second. She merged in behind me and was able to get past the stopped car without slowing down, and the commute remained uneventful, just the way I like it.
And that's the moral of this little tale: if you want an uneventful commute, you have to be proactive in making it one. Sometimes the best defence is being prepared to twist the wrist and accelerate away from potential danger.