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    Obese walkers, 3 abreast, wrong side of road

    On the way back from a ride this evening, 3 big gals were walking on the right side of the road 3 abreast forcing the wife and I to veer into oncoming traffic. We went around them fairly slowly and I was afraid to say "on your left" for fear that one of them would have stepped to the left.

    As we went around them they apparrently said to my wife that "Bikers need to say excuse me"! We kept riding. Any thoughts on how to handle this other than creeping up to them and blasting them with a marine air horn?

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    Make some noise before you get too close so you don't startle them and to give them time to move over for you. Clicking a brake lever, a bike bell, or just shouting "bike" works well. A good rule to follow is to never pass anything at more than a few mph speed differential. Common courtesy is to say thanks as you go buy.

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    I would have said "Excuse me!". It seems to work for both English and Spanish speakers. As you stated, "On your left" often produces the wrong reaction.
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    "Since you can't even walk on the correct side of the road, I was afraid that saying anything might cause you to ignorantly step in front of us."

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    Boom, boom, boom, wobble, wobble, wobble.......

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    I would have tried screaming about the end of the earth as the sun has been blocked, as loud as possible.

    Or,

    'Carrier +3 dead ahead, rudder amidships - all ahead full' line.
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    The main thing is to avoid getting trapped by their gravitational field, which might be considerable with 3 planetoids in conjunction - you might have to blast past them, and apply full power just before you achieve apogee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wil Davis
    The main thing is to avoid getting trapped by their gravitational field, which might be considerable with 3 planetoids in conjunction - you might have to blast past them, and apply full power just before you achieve apogee.

    - Wil

    Would that be the patented Roadrunner thrust manuever?
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    If that was my house and you put your stupid bike in my flower garden to take a picture, I would come outside in my underwear and light you on fire.

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    next time yell "hey! free pizza over on the other side of the road!!" and you'll have a clear run

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    I thought if you get trapped by their gravitational field, it will slingshot you in time warp. (they did this with the klingon ship circling the sun!)

    This reminds me, I got to get one of those bells.

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    At least they were out walking.

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    "Hey, there's free chocolate over there!"

    "Mmm...free chocolate! Cannot...resist..."

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    You should have politly said "Excuse me, but is this the spot they're building that new Gym?"
    That would have moved them quicker than the line in a All You Can Eat Buffet!

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    If I don't think "on your left" would work, I usually go "beep beep beep beep beep." Then, I say "coming through" or "thanks." Works for me.
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    Early days of the multi use trails i'd run into that problem a lot.
    The worst part was when i'd shout 'left' like 20 feet back and noone would nod or anything, then i'd politly say 'scuse me' with no response. If i tried to squeeze by i got snyde remarks.
    What to do what to do?
    If you shout louder you sound p1ssed off
    If you shout closer you scare the hell out of people...
    (And my number 1 pet peeve is the snyde remark behind your back like you can't hear...)

    So...
    I resolved, to be the best mostest polite rider i can.
    If and when someone snydes me...
    I'll stop (politely) and pull over and discuss the same issues. It's amazing how well the threat of rational discussion stops the snyde casual remark.

    Only done it a few times, to groups of 5 people taking up the whole trail, ignoreing any attempt at passing etc... I've unclipped and pulled up to almost touching them and just asked if there was a problem. I've explained that we both have rights to the road and there's no reason to yell at me, if you didn't hear me shout left i'm sorry but i'd appreciate a better attitude and there's no reason to be juvinile, if you have a reasonable complaint i'll wait while you call the cops otherwise have a nice day. Oh, and share the path, i do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boozergut
    "Bikers need to say excuse me"!
    "Fatasses [or "walkers," if you're feeling polite] need to stay on the right side of the road!"

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    Get a bicycle bell. Under no circumstances get an ice cream truck bell!

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    Hate is fun. Weren't we just whining about cyclists being a minority.

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    You need an Airzounds for punitive use. Get right behind them and blast away! Of course you'd have to be careful of the sound bouncing back at you off of the wall of flesh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Placid Casual
    "Fatasses [or "walkers," if you're feeling polite] need to stay on the right side of the road!"
    They were on the right side, according to the OP's story. Or did you mean "correct" side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miracle Whip
    Hate is fun. Weren't we just whining about cyclists being a minority.
    "Personality goes a long way".
    (Jules to Vincent, regarding the acceptability of dogs vs. pigs, Pulp Fiction )

    Sometimes "fat" and "nasty" go together, and sometimes they don't. In this case it seems to me that they do. I don't verbally lash out at others without cause. These persons did. What side of the street they were walking on is meaningless to me. That they sought to correct anothers' behavior as though they were entitled to do so speaks volumes.

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    Funny, how some of you are the ones who complain about how rude cars are to you, but you can't wait to be rude to some large people out walking for exercise.

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    The original post doesn't even make any sense. You and your wife had to 'veer into oncoming traffic,' but you were afraid to say 'on your left' because you thought one of the walkers might just take it into her head to move to the left, right in front of an oncoming car? You said they were obese, not brain damaged.

    Yes, they should have been on the other side of the road, but you should have let them know you were approaching, and I don't see what their weight has to do with any of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sentinel
    Funny, how some of you are the ones who complain about how rude cars are to you, but you can't wait to be rude to some large people out walking for exercise.
    Or being rude to "some of you" complaining? The OP's complaint was quite valid, plus I think the idea of pointing out the obesity was to show how much of an obstruction was posed. Me? I'm happy to see the plumper among us out there getting exercise, but would rather they weren't stupid about it.
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