What are peoples opinions on 'buzzing' pedestrians?
I ride in the city a lot, and every now and then I'll come across a pedestrian who is crossing the road diagonally, in my path, and with their back to me as I'm riding along my merry way. They will, of course, be totally oblivious to my presence (or that of any other traffic) as well. In this situation I will sometimes accelerate and swerve around their backs, then cut back in to my original line as tight as I can manage. I have brushed against peoples bags and flapping jackets when doing this,so that's how close I'm talking. And I'm also talking fast.
I'm guessing that this scares the crap out of most people who are stupid enough to put themselves in this position, and perhaps it might make them a little more cautious the next time they decide to cross the road (or, heaven forbid, open a car door). Perhaps it's not the most socially or morally conscientious manoeuvre, but it is a guilty little pleasure of mine sometimes when the opportunity presents itself.
I'd love to hear any other forms of cyclist retribution too.