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Old 09-23-09, 02:20 PM   #26
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I was on a multi-use trail a couple of weeks ago enjoying a gentle ride on a beautiful summer's evening when I came up behind a young couple having a romantic walk. I called out "Passing on your left", and of course, the girl stepped to the left.

I wasn't going fast so there was no problem and as soon as she realized what she'd done, she gave me a big smile and said "Oh, I'm sorry". She was kind of a cutey so I simply returned the smile and called "No problem". That must have threatened the boyfriend because he glowered at me and yelled "You're supposed to pass on the right, a-hole!".

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Old 09-23-09, 08:25 PM   #27
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The fact that you had the "butt" landing indicates that you, as the overtaking vehicle, didn't really do the right thing. (I do think you understand that.)
Mea Culpa.....yup - my fault totally. It just sucks that it happened.
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Just yell "Herpes!" or "Zombie Attack!" or "Blind Cyclist!" or some such. The mistake is to try to use your voice for communication. Rather, use it stun them.

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People hear LEFT loudly and often think it is a command to GO left
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Old 09-23-09, 10:16 PM   #30
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I was on a multi-use trail a couple of weeks ago enjoying a gentle ride on a beautiful summer's evening when I came up behind a young couple having a romantic walk. I called out "Passing on your left", and of course, the girl stepped to the left.

I wasn't going fast so there was no problem and as soon as she realized what she'd done, she gave me a big smile and said "Oh, I'm sorry". She was kind of a cutey so I simply returned the smile and called "No problem". That must have threatened the boyfriend because he glowered at me and yelled "You're supposed to pass on the right, a-hole!".

Ever get the feeling we just can't win?
Actually, I'd say you won -- she smiled while apologizing, you gave a courteous reply, and her date displayed his ******osity.
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I always say "Passing on your left" and that seems to work better.

Little kids are just unpredictable. Slow way down for them. It's not knowing left from right, it's a matter of not having a lick of sense in the first place.

Don't assume that everyone out walking speaks English, either.
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I just ride up right behind them and yell OH MY GOD! WATCH OUT!!, and I pass them as they crash on the side of the path.
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^^^^^

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Little kids are just unpredictable. Slow way down for them. It's not knowing left from right, it's a matter of not having a lick of sense in the first place.
Shame too many of them these days grow up and still don't!
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I just ride up right behind them and yell OH MY GOD! WATCH OUT!!, and I pass them as they crash on the side of the path.
Not bad. Not bad at all. I bet they're not half as deaf as they act.
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Actually, I'd say you won -- she smiled while apologizing, you gave a courteous reply, and her date displayed his ******osity.
Good point. At my time of life, a smile from a pretty girl should always be viewed as a win.
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Use a bell and slow down for kids.
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Little kids on the MUP are always going to be unpredictable. When approaching them from behind, what I have found effective is to slow way down, sneak up behind them and blast them with my AirZound. Most of them crash and a couple have actually peed their pants. It's hilarious and always makes my day.
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Little kids on the MUP are always going to be unpredictable. When approaching them from behind, what I have found effective is to slow way down, sneak up behind them and blast them with my AirZound. Most of them crash and a couple have actually peed their pants. It's hilarious and always makes my day.
You could squirt them with you water bottle afterwards too!
Myself, i would pour out the backwash from my beer on 'em.
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Old 09-26-09, 02:19 PM   #40
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It has gotten to the point now where I just slow down, sometimes to a walking pace, just to be sure that I don't hit adults, children, dogs and who knows what else. On the MUPs around here it just isn't safe to assume that you can go much faster than 12-15 mph. Whenever possible I stay off MUPs.
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Or how about "I'm going to throw up!" You could clear a crowd away from around you with that.
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"On your left" is a moronic phrase to use on an MUP. It may be useful in packs of roadies (where it may've originated), but to dump it onto members of general public - especially 3-year-olds - is ridiculous; you might as well be speaking Greek.
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"On your left" is a moronic phrase to use on an MUP. It may be useful in packs of roadies (where it may've originated), but to dump it onto members of general public - especially 3-year-olds - is ridiculous; you might as well be speaking Greek.
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an air horn off a semi works, you will need an air tank or pump or something though
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When I ride on a MUP I yell "Coming up behind you!" when I'm about 20 feet away. This gives enough warning for parents to corral children and those taking up the entire lane to move to one side or the other.
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I use my bell, failing that I may yell something like "behind you!" but usually the bell makes most of the idiots at least choose a side to walk on, instead of taking up the entire goddamned path. Sigh.

However, I used to panic ON MY BIKE when someone on a bike behind me would call out "on your left/on your right" just hearing the voice would make me tense up. Now I know to just continue where I am and not to panic like that.
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However, I used to panic ON MY BIKE when someone on a bike behind me would call out "on your left/on your right" just hearing the voice would make me tense up. Now I know to just continue where I am and not to panic like that.
A strange thing is that most of these people tend to say this after they already started passing, and are often in front of you before the sound waves had a chance to hit your eardrums, get transformed into electrical signals, travel to the brain and be processed by your speech recognition centres. If you're gonna warn someone of passing (which usually isn't even required, imho), at least do it a few feet in advance, even if just to protect yourself in case the person to be passed gets startled and jumps in some unpredictable direction.

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I use my bell, failing that I may yell something like "behind you!" but usually the bell makes most of the idiots at least choose a side to walk on, instead of taking up the entire goddamned path.
Yep. The most common scenario is like this: a group of one or more peds taking up the whole freaking path hears a bell, slows down or stops, looks puzzled, hesitates, tries to awkwardly reshuffle in order to make some kind of space (this includes locating kids on the fringes of the group and pulling them in for "protection"... since kids will often be the first to react to the warning, but in an erratic way that just about guarantees that you'll hit them no matter how hard you're trying to avoid it ). Need to give them time to complete this complicated manoeuvre.

More than once I ran into groups whose members refuse to budge at all, figuring that everyone else, travelling in either direction, must walk/ride on the grass in order to get around them. On foot, I often walk right into and through them. On bike... I need to reinstall my AirZound... would love to see their faces like this: .
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I am incredibly fond of bells for multi-traffic situations. Everybody seems to instinctively know exactly what a bell means, so it's a very effective method of communication. It's weird, but I'll take it.
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Yup. I have a bell on all five of my bikes, and I use them often!
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