This column by Michael Dresser of the Baltimore Sun addresses an issue that a lot of cyclists and cycling advocates dance around but don't directly address: pulling over to let motor vehicles pass.
I think we get so caught up in the mantra of "share the road" that we automatically think that sharing means "me first."
As a farm kid, I knew that I could make good time having all four wheels of our tractor on the pavement, but I also know that when I was being overtaken by faster-moving vehicles, I should pull as far to the right as possible.
Now, as a cyclist, I advocate taking the lane when necessary (note the blog title), but have found occasion when it suited me and added traffic flow to pull to a paved shoulder, a turning bay on an uphill, or the top of the intersecting street as I pulled away from a red light, to allow a wide truck, bus or other big vehicle get past. My wave of the hand indicating that the driver should go ahead has almost always been met with a smile or wave back.
I like to think that it's good diplomacy between cyclists and motorists. And we need more allies on the road.