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Old 06-15-05, 09:15 PM   #1
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Reaffirming my love for ignorant walkers

Once again today I was out riding on the greenway. I was clipping along and I come up on some people who were walking along. I yell loudly ON YOUR LEFT. They turn around and look, like I'm not even there, I say it again ON YOUR LEFT see as they did not move. So I finally get up on them and before I realize it, they're just not going to move, my back wheel locks up letting out a loud screech and THEN they jump to the side of the greenway. God! /rant
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Old 06-15-05, 09:19 PM   #2
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How's this for a simple rant...

Three idiot cyclists in kits were chatting and taking up the entire trail of a popular cycling route. Inconsiderate Phuckers.
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Old 06-15-05, 09:43 PM   #3
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Look do what my friend did >>> he put a water bottle cage on the rear of the bike where the disc brake would normaly be and has one of those boater air horns in it he just taps it with his foot,, I can attest that it works very well indeed peeps will know your there
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I installed a bell on the end of one of my handlebars for ringing obnoxiously at cars/bikers/peds/a-holes on cellphones.

I just ring ring ring!
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for some reason I don't see that working any better, but a air horn may become my best friend tomorrow for a test ride, I have a marine grade one in the garage.
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Old 06-15-05, 10:03 PM   #6
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for some reason I don't see that working any better, but a air horn may become my best friend tomorrow for a test ride, I have a marine grade one in the garage.
I can honestly say dude that I know my freind is down town when I hear it
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Hey tonight's commute, six large men walking six a breast, at Alki, and me yelling (and I'm LOUD, VERY LOUD) BICYCLIST COMING UP! BICYCLIST ON YOUR LEFT!!!!... and finally I had to ride in the grass and
one of the men on the far left said,
Oh! or was it DUH!!!!!
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Old 06-15-05, 10:13 PM   #8
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Whatever happened to slowing down and saying excuse me?
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I had something similar happen to me. I'm screaming on your left and ringing my bell like an idiot, and rollerbladers just stop in my line of travel and are just grinning like idiots and then as I move right, they also move right. I nearly had to jump on my brakes, and as I passed I said something like "Hey effers, when I saw on your left, move right. If you can't figure it out, get off the effing path!".

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Yet more reasons to avoid trails.
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Once again today I was out riding on the greenway. I was clipping along and I come up on some people who were walking along. I yell loudly ON YOUR LEFT. They turn around and look, like I'm not even there, I say it again ON YOUR LEFT see as they did not move. So I finally get up on them and before I realize it, they're just not going to move, my back wheel locks up letting out a loud screech and THEN they jump to the side of the greenway. God! /rant
I doubt that the average person on a walking/jogging/bike path that has any idea what "on your left" means. Thats the problem with sharing in my book. I don't want to share. I want the road/path all to myself.

What ticks me off is if they see you coming and in their failed floundering attempt to get out of your way they actually get in the way even more! Idiots! At a local park where I do my longer rides the joggers jog out in the middle of the freaking road! How's that for a case of the stupids? Cars can't even pass.

The air horn idea sounds like a good idea to me!
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I had an Air Zounds, but somehow I got a knick in the tube, so it leaked out the air even before I could get it in. But I am thinking about getting the Air Zounds 2. Something's gotta get these idiots out of the way. I would only use it on the people who wouldn't move. My tinkly bell is for everyone else.

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Thanks.....a rant I have much 1st hand experience with.

I get them all the time who hear me and then just flounder around like they don't know what to do with this deer in the headlights look and in the long run get more into the way like Dr. Morbius said.

Then there's the ones who either don't understand or don't care and just stop, don't move and glare at you as you go buy as if you don't belong there. This ticks me off doubly when it happens in an area where the walk path and bike path split and they are walking on the bike path.
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I can handle the confused joggers, I just assume that they didn't know what I was talking about and aren't doing it on purpose.

The ones that really irritate me are the people who jog in the middle of the path, blocking joggers and cyclists alike and then when you politely ask them to move they glare at you and grudgingly move over about 3in and make you squeeze past them.
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Old 06-16-05, 01:38 AM   #15
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As far as "excuse me" I've tried it..most of the time they think I want something...On Your left for the majority works much better.
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I doubt that the average person on a walking/jogging/bike path that has any idea what "on your left" means.
Exactly. I'd never heard "on your left!" until I started reading this forum. I find a simple "Passing!" or even a "YO!", "Hey!" or what ever to get their attention and a "Thank you!" as I'm passing works wonders.
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The ones that really irritate me are the people who jog in the middle of the path, blocking joggers and cyclists alike and then when you politely ask them to move they glare at you and grudgingly move over about 3in and make you squeeze past them.
Iif by the third polite "On your left" they don't respond they get the Training Instructor voice and a very sharp MOVE.with optional profanity. It's their own fault for hogging the trail, swerving aimlessly or whatever.
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[start rant]
Couples who split:
You are riding towards a couple holding hands or whatever. You want to go around them and what do they do, split apart so you have to ride between them.
On foot, walking through a couple is regraded as the height of disrespect and is enough to start a bust up, so why do they confuse me by acting like that.
Families who cower:
You are riding gently down a wide shared trail. 50m ahead you see a family, they see you, you see that they have seen you. Why do they cower fearfuly on the very edge like you are a threat to life and limb, waiting there for ages until you amble past at less than 10mph. All they have to do is keep walking and leave some room.
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Bell = bicycle
bell = bicycle
bell = bicycle

TRD you should get a helmet cam, at least some ppl should be smart enough to **** their pants seeing you coming right at 'em at high speed!
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Try yelling "no brakes" or "hot coffee" and see if people move out of the way any quicker.
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Try yelling "no brakes" or "hot coffee" and see if people move out of the way any quicker.
Hahahahah, I have to try that one some time... HOT COFFEE.
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A bell will solve the problem of walkers detecting a bike but not of how they should react.
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A bell will solve the problem of walkers detecting a bike but not of how they should react.
Do people actaully still put bells on their bikes these days? Nobody I know does, seems kind of "dorky"

But feel free to set me straight on the facts.
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Yet more reasons to avoid trails.
But it's so much FUN! Like live action, real time pinball.

My favorite are the ones who, when you shout "on your left" they do a swing step around TO THE LEFT, directly into your path. And they always have that deer-in-the-headlights look in their eyes.
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It's their own fault for hogging the trail, swerving aimlessly or whatever.

But I am thinking about getting the Air Zounds 2. Something's gotta get these idiots out of the way. I

Gee, you know this sounds exactly like what a motorist would say about cyclists. Funny eh? Funny strange that is, not funny HA HA.
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