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View Poll Results: Which do you use when passing - mark all that apply
Mark all that you use. 1. "ON YOUR LEFT" 197 78.49%
"Passing" 68 27.09%
Ring a Bell 95 37.85%
"Hey Dumbbell" 0 0%
"Get out of the way" 1 0.40%
"Pardon Me" 24 9.56%
I pass without any warning 71 28.29%
Something else? Please tell us below. 29 11.55%
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Old 02-27-09, 05:25 PM   #1
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"on your left" vs "passing" vs "bell" vs "hey dumbbell" vs "out of the way" vs ??

50+'rs - "ON YOUR LEFT" VS "PASSING" VS "BELL" VS "HEY DUMBBELL" VS "OUT OF THE WAY" VS ??

Which do you use?

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Old 02-27-09, 05:26 PM   #2
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I yell out "Bell!"
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Old 02-27-09, 05:29 PM   #3
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I try to make as much noise as possible. If I know they don't know I am coming I usually just yell bike. I have been yelled at for saying something and I have been yelled at for not saying something. I think it's time for a bell.
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Old 02-27-09, 05:29 PM   #4
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I yell out "Bell!"
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I try to make as much noise as possible. If I know they don't know I am coming I usually just yell bike. I have been yelled at for saying something and I have been yelled at for not saying something. I think it's time for a bell.
Just couldn't wait until I posted the poll!
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Old 02-27-09, 05:32 PM   #5
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I use a bell. If that doesn't work, I yell out "passing."

I find "on your left" confusing to many, especially peds on the MUPS.

If they still don't do anything, I slow WAY down, and pass "gently."
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Old 02-27-09, 05:52 PM   #6
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I always do "Passing Please" and let them figure it out.
Saying "Left" or "Right" will result in a 50 % chance that they move the direction you called.
Same is true on the ski slope.
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Old 02-27-09, 05:55 PM   #7
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i fly by right next to them and listen to them yell "holly ****!!!"
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Old 02-27-09, 06:01 PM   #8
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I tried out "On your left" after reading "advice" on BF. Very low rate of success. "Passing" works much better. At least with riders & walkers on rail trails. I think the "on your left" might be something that works better with other roadies.

I usually ding my bell when I'm 30-40' behind them and then if that doesn't work, I say "Passing" and ding it again.
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Old 02-27-09, 06:09 PM   #9
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For the short time I had Kool Stop brake pads, I'd just hit the front brake. The squeal got their attention, if not inducing a heart attack. A week later I dumped them and bought some Quiet Stops. Now I go with "Passing", unless they are staying right. Then I just pass. bk
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Old 02-27-09, 06:22 PM   #10
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There are three possible pedestrian/skater/pooch responses to my calling out or ringing a bell:

1. No response (I don't know if they didn't hear me or didn't care)
2. Proper response (they move to the right and continue in a straight line)
3. Moron response (they turn around and block my trajectory)

Whether or not I call out or bell depends on my prediction of which response I'll get... I'm pretty good at these predictions. Everybody gets passed safely, not everyone gets courtesy.
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Old 02-27-09, 06:29 PM   #11
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"Good Morning" or "Two Passing" plus bell rings.

If I say "On your left" they usually move to their left, right into me.
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"Bike (r) back" as I overtake (slowly) people on the trail or "On your left" if it's the road.
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Old 02-27-09, 07:13 PM   #14
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I used to try to just pass on the left, but I brushed a teen with my handle bars. I think I scared him more than hurt him, but I got an earfull. Then I got a bell, but people still don't get it.
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Old 02-27-09, 07:15 PM   #15
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I seldom ride on mup's, towpaths etc. where I've had mixed results using a bell. A few laughs can be produced by dinging the bell and, in a cheerful voice, announcing "ice cream man". Seems the best way to co-exist with clueless pedestrians is a firm "bike passing on your left".

Clicking the brake levers works sometimes, as well.

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While slowly approaching from the rear I just ding my bell and then respond to the smiles and "Thank yous" with a warm & sincere "You're welcome".
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In general, I am silent and it is my responsibility to pass safely with sufficient margin. Here are some examples of situations I encounter.
  1. Wobbly old slow Freds...I time the wobble and zoom past silently.
  2. Nice looking women...I slow down and say on your wheel.
  3. Pacelines...watch traffic and accelerate by silently.
  4. Fast technical descents...hang back and do not pass until it is safe and only after the rider knows I am passing via verbal communication.
  5. MUPs...never ride them.
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"Passing through"
"Good morning" / "Good afternoon"
For walkers, often just coasting with my loud Campagnolo freewheel gets a reaction when I'm still quite a distance back.

'On your left' only for formal group rides, where the riders already know what it means. A random walker on a path doesn't always get it.

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I use my right arm pointed right to signal a right turn. I used to occasionally get confused when the leader of a group ride put his left forearm up. Who was he waving at? Oh, it's a right turn.
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I use my right arm pointed right to signal a right turn. I used to occasionally get confused when the leader of a group ride put his left forearm up. Who was he waving at? Oh, it's a right turn.
That is now the official legal way for a bicyclist to signal a right turn in Colorado.
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I voted "Passing" but sitting here really thinking about it I say "Passing on the left."
It ususlly works and I always have hands on brake and I pay attention to what they may do so I can react. ( I am talking about passing walkers on a MUP) If I am overtaking another biker I say "on your left" thinking they know what's up.
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That is now the official legal way for a bicyclist to signal a right turn in Colorado.
The old car signal of pointing up with the left arm is the legal way in Georgia, but it is still a silly way to indicate a right turn, law or no. I point right with my right hand.
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"On your left" works fairly well on organized bike rides where it has been explained in a pre-ride safety speech. On MUPs, not so well. I use a bell most often, but will use various ways to make my presence known when they seem appropriate. Sometimes my heavy breathing is enough of a warning.
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My Rotten Recumbent is useful here. It's got a cheap freewheel the clicks like the dickens when coasting. I ride up behind someone and stop pedalling - it sounds like a machine gun attack. I had one old bloke pull out a tin helmet and dig a foxhole

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I use "on yer left" only for other cyclists, and then only for those who look like they'll know what I mean.

Most of the time I call out a cheery "Bike passing" and give 'em a little freehub ratchet, then say "thank you" as I go by.

If I see headphones, I cruise by silently.
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