There has been a discussion in the Yahoo bikepaths group regarding announcing when you are passing someone. I thought this forum would provide a better discussion.
I don't believe there is a common etiquette regarding calling out when one passes. Based upon rides and comments others have made there are distinctively different expectations. Some riders expect you to move to the right when they call out "On Your Left". Other riders are just announcing their presence. They don't expect you to do anything, just maintain your line. And, of course, there is the group than never says anything.Originally Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org
Typically, I do not callout anything when I pass. I have been cutoff several times by walkers and riders who immediately moved left after I called out. If riders are riding single file and maintaining their line, I typically pass wide to the left without saying anything. On the other hand, if riders are weaving or riding several abreast, I will call out either "On Your Left" or "Bike Back" or "Wet Paint" depending upon the situation. My expectation is that riders maintain their line when I call out.