I was on the Manhattan Bridge this morning, descending into Brooklyn. At the very end is a helix that brings you under the bridge to the intersection of Jay and Sands. As I entered the helix, there was a runner 20 ft ahead running on the center of the two opposing lanes. I dinged my bell twice to let him know I was passing him and went into the left lane and passed him.
As I descended to Sands St, I saw him cutting across the grass (straight line). He catches up to me at the light and starts yelling at me. "Did you save any time?!?" Evidently he didn't like that I rang my bell to let him know I was there. I explained to him that some people don't like being surprised when a bike passes. "So you were trying to do me a favor?" He kept trying to provoke me. "Do you know what GFY means? Go F@ck yourself." He tells me. I apologized for bothering him and he keeps going "Oh yeah? Oh yeah?" He never thought that running in the middle of a path with shared traffic and blind spots might not be the safest practice.