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    So, was this girl a b^& or am I an @hole?

    I was riding on campus to catch the bus. I usually ride to and from the university, but I had a bit of a crash this past weekend and my hands would hurt on the drop bars. So...

    I'm riding on this path, wide enough for 4 people to stand shoulder-to-shoulder on. Everyone rides on these paths and the university personnel drive their golf carts on them too. The path connects with another and I let this pedestrian go in front of me. We're going the same way. I'm in no hurry at all. There are people coming from the opposite direction, so I'm not going to pass her. I'm not even pedalling, just pushing along with one foot.

    Well, she has, like everyone else these days, got a cell phone glued to her ear (if it's not a cellphone on campus, then they've got their ipod ear buds crammed in their ears.) So, she gets off of the path, makes this face at me and says "just go." I hear her tell the person she's talking to on the phone that "some guy on a bike is riding my ass." I was coasting three feet behind her at the time.

    So did I do anything wrong?

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    I would say no.
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    I could see how that would make her nervous - which doesn't mean you were necessarily wrong either...

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    Can't tell. If you had an opportunity to safely pass this dawdling yakker, you should have.

    If not, you shouldn't have, and she was mean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xrisnothing
    So did I do anything wrong?
    Maybe not wrong, but probably not polite. Bicycles are vehicles, even when being operated at pedestrian speeds. When a car is behind me as a cyclist I expect that the driver is impatient and just waiting for a chance to zoom past me. The pedestrian probably expected the same thing and was acting defensively in a potential conflict. Make sure to say a pleasant "thank you" to her for letting you by.
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    "b^&", no, silly, yes. You did nothing wrong, IMO.
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    three feet is kind of close to be tailgating a pedestrian. did she have a cute hiny? If she did and she knows it, then maybe three feet was too close to be tailing a pretty college girl..... she might have felt sexually harrased or something.

    On the other hand, if it was only for a few seconds until the oncoming traffic passed, then she sounds like a biotch.

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    you didn't do anything wrong. Doesn't prevent her from thinking she's the center of the universe, though. B**tch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandpa Simpson
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    There was oncoming traffic, so your choice was A) coast behind her, or B) cut too close to her while passing. I say you did the proper thing. I do it all the time on the MUP. Stroller pushers, kids on big-wheels, etc... I slow down and wait to pass until it's clear.
    Now, I can see if you were riding up on her shoulder and breathing heavy or snapping pix of her bumside with your cellphone... then it would be creepy and wrong and she ought to be concerned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xrisnothing
    I was riding on campus to catch the bus. I usually ride to and from the university, but I had a bit of a crash this past weekend and my hands would hurt on the drop bars. So...

    I'm riding on this path, wide enough for 4 people to stand shoulder-to-shoulder on. Everyone rides on these paths and the university personnel drive their golf carts on them too. The path connects with another and I let this pedestrian go in front of me. We're going the same way. I'm in no hurry at all. There are people coming from the opposite direction, so I'm not going to pass her. I'm not even pedalling, just pushing along with one foot.

    Well, she has, like everyone else these days, got a cell phone glued to her ear (if it's not a cellphone on campus, then they've got their ipod ear buds crammed in their ears.) So, she gets off of the path, makes this face at me and says "just go." I hear her tell the person she's talking to on the phone that "some guy on a bike is riding my ass." I was coasting three feet behind her at the time.

    So did I do anything wrong?
    typical annoying and b*tchin girl with a cellphone. ugh, can't imagine hearing one of them yapping non-stop about absolutely nothing.

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    Proper answer. "U don't think I was lookin at that big ol balloon butt do you?"

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    She wants you.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Xrisnothing
    So did I do anything wrong?
    Not as long as you did not honk your horn and go vrooom, vrooom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xrisnothing
    ... There are people coming from the opposite direction, so I'm not going to pass her. I'm not even pedalling, just pushing along with one foot.

    ... I hear her tell the person she's talking to on the phone that "some guy on a bike is riding my ass." I was coasting three feet behind her at the time.

    So did I do anything wrong?
    A lot of people don't like to have cyclists swerving around around peds, so following was probably the right thing to do. However, three feet is a bit close -- double that would have been better.

    All the same, don't feel guilty about aggravating some stuck up chick. Anyone who gets huffy and starts issuing commands to a stranger over such a slight infraction isn't worth worrying about.

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    3' is way too close. She doesn't know you and has no way of assessing your bike handling abilities.

    If someone was walkingat a consistent 3' behind your girlfriend would you expect her to feel nervous? People decide their comfort zone differently

    Her response was, I suspect, also predicated on observations of riders who weren't as patient/polite as you. Plus, someone riding that close who was scooting with one foot, rather than pedalling, might strike some as peculiar

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    There were people walking behind me as well. More than 3' and they'd have been slowed down as well.

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    You should stalk this one too. Was she cute?

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    Eh, kind of. She was a real ***** though and I don't know what kind of car she drives or where she lives. Maybe instead of flowers, she'll get a flaming bag of poo on her doorstep.

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    Enjoy the view. Ignore the verbal attempts at communication.

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    need more info... was she hot?
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    Did you get her number? maybe next time you can coast behind her AND talk to her on the phone.
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    if she was hot, and you didn't get her number (after the clear invite) than you, my friend were the A$$ HOLE...
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    You're supposed to act like she's in your way, swerve around, kind of loose it and fall in front of her. Duh. You've never done this before have you?

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