Old 10-29-21, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by msu2001la View Post
We've all seen it... you're out walking or riding with the kids on a quiet trail on a Sunday morning when out of nowhere you hear someone scream "ON YOUR LEFT" .005 seconds before they blow past your left shoulder at 25mph with inches to spare - often while there is oncoming traffic.

These people are not announcing a pass or alerting you to their presence, they're telling you to get out of their way. They're usually in the middle of a workout and riding way too fast ...
^ This.

It's far too prevalent, at least in many places in the U.S. where I have ridden.

With MUPs, speeders generally seem to be of the impression that a nanosecond's warning constitutes notification and sufficient time for the others to prep for a pass instead of jetting aside as though they're about to get mowed down. Aggressive speeds, unaccommodating attitudes, often belligerent. Nicely, it's relatively infrequent. At least, where I live and ride.

On the roadway, generally speaking, vehicle drivers of this sort often seem to think the "car" road is for automobiles only and any cyclist who's there is committing some sort of infraction or sin by being there. And, thus, is not deserving of the same rights and right-of-way accommodation everyone else has.

Depending on the community and its prevalence of intolerance, it can be downright dangerous.

More and more, I find cyclists banding together in moderately-sized groups merely out of self-preservation. Seems to work, when a collection of bikers takes up one of the car lanes and effectively requires any passing vehicles to actually execute a safe pass in the other lane as they'd do with any other vehicle. Smart. But, sad that it's necessary.

When to ring the warning bell on a bike? When one is approaching, at a distance to give sufficient leadtime for proper safe prep by the others one is planning to pass. It's only fair. And it's often the only safe thing to do, particularly if a MUP is taken up by a randomly meandering gaggle of friends with about half of them walking dogs on overly-long and -slack leashes. Advance warning and passing gingerly and slowly is about the only safe play.
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