i don't understand what's happened to common courtesy?
almost every day that i ride, i encounter people who are just rude, in one form or another.
crossing some road in reston, va on the w&od trail the other day (sunrise valley drive perhaps) - a few of us were biking one behind the other. there was a red light for traffic - two lanes in each direction. we stopped. then one bike went across. the bike in front of me started to go. she was going through one lane when the car in the next lane decided to drive through, and she had to hit her brakes hard. the man in the car drove another 20 feet only to sit at a red light.
today, coming out of reston town center, i went straight across reston parkway at a walk signal. a car turning right out of the town center honked at me.
you also have the guy who wants to honk as he passes you on a busy rush hour road. this has happened more than once on great falls street in falls church.
explain to me what honking accomplishes in such situations?
it's not just cars...
as a courtesy, when approaching someone on the w&od, whether they are on a bike or walking, you call out to let them know you're passing. even if you're passing in an empty oncoming lane, you still call out so that the person doesn't get startled and also so that they're aware someone is coming from behind in case they suddenly decide to turn around or something.
so another time, there are three people walking in front of me, and they're walking three abreast. they were walking such the person on the left was half way into the lane from the other side. that's fine - you're having a conversation while you're walking.
you call out to say you want to pass. two people are walking from the other side, also side by side. you call out again. they don't hear you, they don't move. you have to hit the breaks and come to a stop.
sorry - just venting.
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not everyone is like this, fortunately. plenty of times, people stop and let you cross. other times, when they can't safely pass, people give you space in a lane like you were any other vehicle.