Ok...it's back to being a smart thinking rider again. One who is decisive and in-control!!.... (as compared to indecisive, not in control of things going on around him/her, and therefore a risk to themselves.) SO..here's the tip - ride with some commitment! ...don't just be there flaking along in the traffic...be going there...then over there, then between those two cars...now filtering through here...and stopping just there... Your path to work (or anywhere else) should be a set of committed actions that you took, all strung together, to create a pathway that you chose dynamically as you were proactively riding along...Make sense? Yes yes...ok..it would be suicidal to commit 100% to something without a plan B, or even a C. And how much you commit depends on the prevailing circumstances inside a fluid and dynamic environment..nevertheless...all your mini-decisions should backed up by a sense of commitment to the task...and it is very rewarding for you as a rider. As you approach an obstacle, whether it be traffic in suburbia or a corner out on the open road...make your decisions with commitment...keep a little bit up your sleeve to switch to plan B, and then recommit to that. Plan B, is NOT a bail-out of Plan A...It's a different Plan, so treat it as such and ride the bike purposefully (with commitment) when you switch plans Of course...the level of commitment that you can attain in any given situation is dependent on your skill level, and your experience..but at any level you must still be a decisive and commited rider...relative to your own riding ability. Next time you go out...take note...you should notice yourself making heaps of judgement calls followed by actions which alter your ride accordingly...perhaps thousands of them on an average trip to work?. How well you ride will be influenced greatly by your commitment to the decisions you make... So don't stuff about, unsure of yourself or what you are going to do...be decisive...commit to it, and the be prepared to recommit to a change of plan, if things change. It will show visibly in the way you ride, and you'll be the better for it. John.