How do you tell someone not to be a mean, trail hogging bike snob?
I havea friend that I ride with regularly and I'm not sure she .... uhh... I mean they get it. Although this friend loves how friendly everyone in our local bike community is, they sometimes for get to display it.
On our ride yesterday, we were rolling at a pretty good pace, as this part of the trail was pretty empty. We came upon a group of kids riding and enjoying the trail, as they should be. As kids can be unpredicable we started to slow and prepare to stop if necessary. At least I thought so, until I heard her..... uhhhh... I mean the friend telling the kids "on your left" and "stay to the right" in a pretty frustrating tone. Now I can understand this if you're trying to pass someone in full kit who you would expect to know the cycling "rules", but kids? C'mon! We should be chatting with them and encouraging them to keep it up and stay active, not shouting about what side to be on.
And then there's the habit of wanting to run lights and stop signs when the situation calls for more caution. The habit of asking "is it clear?" is really annoying. Hell, I can't see aroud the bush so I do I know if it's clear? Prepare to stop and check instead of asking is it clear. "Clear" for me, may mean you get plowed under!
Anyway, what is the way to tell her..... I mean, my friend, that she should show the same courtesies that were extended to her, and that she should be more safe when riding?