This morning while I was waiting for the light to cycle at a very large intersection (intersection of two fast 2-lane roads, plus lots of turning lanes tacked on) another cyclist came up behind me. I said good morning and he commented on how cold it was (it was 3°C this morning when I left the house, probably the coldest morning so far this fall). Anyway, I had been waiting there for quite a while since I got there just as it turned red in my direction. Just before the light changed for us he passed me (between me in the bike lane, and the car waiting beside me) so he could, you know, get clipped in and moving and halfway through the intersection before the light actually changed. Ok, I'm a girl, and I ride a smaller bike, and I don't have as much money to spend on gear as you. But geeze, you have no idea how fast I am since you caught up to me while I was stopped at a (really long) light. Anyway, since I don't like to play passing games, especially when I'm moving along beside traffic which is going way faster than me, I just stayed behind him in the bike lane. He was only going little slower than I would normally have gone, so it wasn't really worth the effort of trying to pass him. I followed him for about 2 km until I merged over to make a left off the main road.
I only started commuting by bike in July; I'm a cycling newbie. But I've done the 27 km round trip almost every day so far in August, September, and now October. I'm a lot stronger now that when I started. When I pass people I only do it if I've caught up to them on the road, I'm obviously faster than them, and it's safe to pass. I would never pass someone at an intersection if I didn't know how fast they were going to be.
So, more experience bike commuters, could you please enlighten me as to the proper etiquette in situations like this?
I know, I know, I should just ignore it and not let it bother me.
On a funnier note, I finally fell off my bike on Wednesday night (for the first time since I got it at the end of June). I think it's because I bought eggs at the grocery store and tied them onto the top of my bag on my rack so they wouldn't get crushed inside my bag. Of course I fell, and two of the eggs broke. *lol* Curb 1, Judy 0. Pretty funny really. I have some road rash on both my knees, and a small patch on my chin. I made my husband take a picture when I got home with all the blood running down my legs. Real pretty. And I look like such a dork with all my cycling stuff on. The camera's at home, so I can't post the picture. Oh well. I may post it next week when we get back home from the long weekend (Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!).