You may wonder why I felt compelled to take the photo I used for the last TWO posts (now three). Well, it's part of my cycle commute route. It's the Alliance Gateway Freeway. Also shown here. Otherwise known as Texas Highway 170. If you're cycle commuting, don't rule out roads like this. It's far superior to taking Westport (shown here), at least if you're going west. It's not so great if you're going east.
The photo frame of reference above shows roughly where I ride in the lane. That's just me. Don't get in a tizzy about it. The photo doesn't show you that it turns into a RT only lane not far ahead, which turns into the Cabela's service road (shown at left on a busy morning), which passes by buffalo, longhorn cattle, and on to the Alliance Airport with little fuss or muss. It's one of the nice parts of the whole, 20-mile commute.
I've seen stuff on vehicular cycling blogs about "CIC." I try to avoid such terms because I think they oversimplify and stereotype people, and this route is an example. It route was tested (for me) by people that ride far to the right - on the fog line. The only difference between them and me is that I think I remove the doubt from overtaking motorists a little earlier. We've talked about it and agree to disagree. Myself, I hope they eventually come over to my views, but cycling is safe enough that I don't think they're in any severe danger. They've seen that I don't seem to be in any danger either. They probably think I'm rude to the motorists. When it comes down to it, there is little beyond anecdotal data to show I'm right or they're wrong, because we live in a time when the norm is people riding on sidewalks - often against traffic. Regardless of cyclist lane position, great sightlines on Texas 170 mean that overtaking motorists see us a full mile in advance. Either way, the morning motorists just want to get to work without incidents, as do the cyclists. Start with proven principles and adjust for your own experience.
Y'all stay safe...