|South Philly streets, such as 15th above, are narrow. Hugging the shoulder can be more dangerous than taking the lane.|
At the same time, be smart. We have all encountered drivers who believe (through ignorance or anger) that bicyclists belong on the sidewalk (or in absurd will.i.am music videos). Riding in the center of the lane on narrow South Philly streets is often safer than attempting to hug the side of the road, where you can get doored or struck by drivers attempting to squeeze past. If you feel threatened by an aggressive vehicle, pull into an empty parking spot and let them speed their way to the next red light. Remember that you're a happier person than they are, and thus you are already winning.