Why do you … ride in the middle of the lane past Topp Way

This is the approach to the junction between Higher Bridge Street and Topp Way in Bolton.

Approaching Topp Way on  Higher Bridge Street

It is a tricky junction because it is very busy, it involves climbing a fairly steep hill on the approach, it has a very narrow, inadequate “cycle lane” leading up to it, and the exit side of the junction is really not wide enough for motor vehicles to pass cyclists safely.

So, if I can, I try to take the centre of the lane (“primary position”) before the junction and hold it until I am past the narrow part after the junction:

Primary position approaching the junction.

Sometimes, it is difficult to get into the primary position because of the traffic, and that’s when bad things happen:

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