Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Mineral, VA
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
First, if this is a permanent lane-ending merge, if I have room (depending on traffic), I'm going to position myself as close to the middle of the two lanes as possible, discouraging passing on either side. Usually this works very well.
Second, if this is an unplanned lane closure (construction or emergency), I'm going to move to the through lane as soon as I can. I'll position myself toward the edge of that lane nearest the lane that's ending.
Failing that, if I have to merge late, I try to get ahead of a slightly larger gap between cars so my turn signal can be seen, and linger there until the driver behind me lets me in. Generally, if I'm obviously not trying to cram my way over, they'll let me in pretty quickly.
Lastly, given an idiot who wants to share my lane or push me around, I back off and let them go ahead. They're easier to watch in front than in my mirrors. I'm not about to play bulldozer with a bike. If they get hit, the car or truck gets dented; if I get hit, I'm probably leaving the scene in an ambulance.