As y'all may know, I have definite preferences when it comes to how motorists pass me when I'm on my bike. I like LOTS of clearance. Tonight, I took my daughter, Aurora, out for a driving lesson. On our way home, I saw a cyclist. Initially, it looked like she might be a vehicular cyclist. Unfortunately, she was going the opposite direction. Luckily, inspiration struck! This was an opportunity to instill some proper passing behavior and even a little "this is a good way to ride a bike" propaganda at the same time. So I extended the driving lesson.
Well, we got turned around and eventually caught up to the lady on the bike. The lady turned out to be a triathlete and pretty close to the gutter pan, but I explained that the safe thing to do was to always make a full lane change well back of the cyclist so the lane change would be smooth and safe. That way, we'd just slide by without any problems at all. And so it was. I also explained that's why she ought to ride further left in such lanes - so any motorists whose parents hadn't taught them to drive properly would still make a safe maneuver.
My daughter exclaimed that it turned out to be pretty easy. And her face in the picture above shows it. First successful pass of a cyclist. I think that was a bigger thrill than getting to merge onto the freeway for the first time.
Perhaps, in addition to questions on the written exam about cyclists, the actual driving test ought to employ a couple of "ringers" so the driving examiner can establish the applicant is able to drive safely...