I searched around for topics related to this but couldn't find any. Apologies if this has been brought up before. Over the past couple of months I've been passed twice on the RIGHT by speed crazy cyclists while commuting to and from work in Toronto.
For the most part I cycle at least 1m out from the curb and 1m out from parked cars. I feel this puts me in a safer spot in the road. If a car is approaching from behind I maintain this distance until they are maybe 3 to 5 m back and then I move right a bit (if I can) to try and both give them space, and visually indicate to them through my drift that I am well aware of them and the fact that they want to pass. Usually this works no problem. However, within the past couple of months I have been passed on the right by cyclists whipping along at some insane clip without a bell ring or a courtesy 'Hey - I'm on your right!' called out. I wouldnt say I'm a slow cyclist, but I dont try to hammer speed out on every little stretch of bust urban roadway either. And as for me, I wouldnt dream of passing anyone on their right the same way I wouldnt pass on the shoulder in a car!
Has this ever happened to anyone else, and do you feel that its as dangerous as I think it is? My worry is that I'm not expecting anyone on my right and I'm not going to look that way before I drift in if I have to suddenly. Hitting another cyclist on a busy roadway and then being thrown into traffic as a result of the mashing of our pedals, wheels and bikes is not my idea of fun!
Can I improve my riding style to combat this? Or do I just have to put up with other insane cyclists? Do I have to ride right up against the curb to force people to pass on the left? Agree that this is something cyclists shouldn't do? Disagree and ride wherever there's an open space?