I'd like to propose a thread relative to the above. Hope a lot of experienced riders, especially those who do a lot of time in busy metropolitan areas and those who ride the slab will contribute. Here are some of mine: (I ride a lot of surface streets in Phx, AZ) 1. Always watch your mirrors and be aware (head glance) of what's behind you and how close. 2. Always slow down a bit at major intersections and cover the brakes. 3. If your urban environment has cross-walk timers for pedestrians, look at them, they'll give you an idea of when the light will change. 4. We've all had the experience of getting to a light just as the yellow turns on. Check your mirrors before deciding what action to take. More than us have had the experience of being rear-ended by some asshat who "assumed" that you were going to run the yellow and he was too. 5. Be hyper alert at any cross streets and cagers in left turn lane. Don't assume that they see you. 6. When convenient/possible, go thru an intersection with cagers running interference for you. On one or both sides.....cagers seem to see them better than us. On the highway: 1. Don't be afraid to run a bit over the average flow. Try to find a niche, in between "pods" of cagers many of whom are doing the speed limit and some are doing a bit more. Then there are those who are doing a "lot" more and seem to think the HOV lane has no limit.....why I personally avoid it. 2. When entering a major highway: Try to look back and "judge" where there might be a convenient empty space to slip into. Also, try not to be close behind other cagers, many of who haven't a clue how to merge and are likely to jam you up big time. OK, those are a few of mine, hope others will add to.