I don't mind when another cyclist passes me. Really! Until I came to this forum, I had no idea passing inflicted such feelings of annoyance and humiliation on those being passed. I figure, so what? I'm not racing, and even if I were, I'd be in a race with myself, not someone else.
But often when I am passed (most of my riding is in the city) people pass close. Even when it is on a bike path in the middle of a green space, with no other cars around, they pass so close, I can feel breeze on my left shoulder, and **-worse, that is the only sensory input I get. No "On your left", no "ringy-ding-ding" of the bell. Or even just "good morning" (or afternoon, as the case may be.)
Here's the gist: I don't ride a perfectly straight line. One of these days, just as someone is breezing past me, I just might happen to wobble a bit, or be starting to correct my steering to avoid a pothole, or whatever. And I will hit the passer (or, more correctly, he or she will hit me) and we will both go down.
I need, ideally, a little bit of road room - and above all, I NEED A WARNING. PLEASE! This is the 50+ forum, we all know that injuries take longer to heal than they used to. A damaged bike is annoying, a damaged body is something else. One can be replaced, the other, not so easily. My sister is still recovering from an incident exactly like this one when she was 'clipped' by a fellow cyclist. Both went down - he inquired after her wellbeing, she answered 'okay' (she really wasn't, she walked home) and he meanwhile simply re-boarded and sped away.
I suppose I should be posting this on one of the 'regular' forums, since most of the time, it's a young testosterone that is the culprit - but the guy yesterday was well past the young stage (he'll doubtless argue the testosterone part, but I digress..)
So, enjoy your biking. But remember, I have ears - unencumbered by ear buds by the way - and if you just let me know, I'll be sure to try and keep out of your way. But you gotta give me some help! A little room would be nice, too....