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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Learn how to pass another cyclist, please!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 9:53 AM

To the cyclist in the watermelon helmet who tried to pass me while I was coasting on a downhill in a bike lane: the correct way to pass another cyclist is to ring your bell (if you don't have one, get one! it's an important safety item) and say "on your left" to indicate where you're passing. The incorrect way is to yell "excuse me" over and over (I had no idea this was addressed to me; it was quiet and blended into the background noise) and then say "the bike lane is for biking" as you finally pass. This convention exists for a reason! Cyclists all over recognize it, but even when they don't, it is very clear what is meant when you hear it (unlike "excuse me" which while polite, is functionally useless in traffic). No need to shame anyone going slower than you! Please learn the safety conventions so that you're not being a danger to yourself and others by causing needless confusion. Cyclists get enough hate from drivers, we don't need it from each other. —The Bike Lane Is For All Cyclists

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