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Old 08-08-06, 07:02 PM
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when riders are on the wrong side

what, if anything, do you do when another rider is on the wrong side of the road? its been happening a lot to me during me rides/commutes. normally i just get out of their way and dont say anything. just curious about everyone elses reaction.
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Move around the idiot while scanning for some unforseen hazard that he's responding to and let nature take it's course.
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I get out of the way, although I've pondered this question myself over the years. The only exception is when we're in traffic, I always stay to the right. If I'm riding the right way, and some dude decides to go against the flow of traffic, I'm not veering into a storm of cars just so he can buck convention...
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I do this in one spot in philly because there's 3 lanes criss-crossing, a trail exit, and in interstate entrance all right where a local path comes out... and traffic is insane.. did I mention the bus freakin' depot?.. and I'm already coming out of the path which lets out going against traffic... it's more dangerous to try and navigate through a million cars and busses than it is to just sneak up the wrong side until you can cut back over where it's safe.

So I guess it depends on the situation... sometimes people don't realize what they're coming into and have no choice... I chose to just deal with each situation in the safest way for both riders when it does happen.
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Old 08-08-06, 10:32 PM
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I was out riding the Greenway in NYC tonight. It was like people had lost their minds. Wrong way cyclists, runners, bladers, peds. People running HOLDING HANDS. One guy was on his bike holding hands with his girlfriend who was running.
I always slow down in crowded sections, but people were blowing past me, and then jamming up almost immediately in front of me. Crazy.
I passed one guy very-slowly because he looked like a new wobbly cyclist. As I pass he yells "EXCUSE ME!"
Finally I pass a group of women on bikes happily chatting, riding together about 6 across, taking up both sides of the bike lane. I ring my bell (yes, I have one) say 'on your left'. No response. Finally I say "PLEASE, Ride on one side!"
I hear an angry response behind me as I pass, but I ignore it.

Was there a full moon tonight? That was exceptionally uniform crazy behaviour.
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Originally Posted by Lucky07
Was there a full moon tonight? That was exceptionally uniform crazy behaviour.
ARen't all New Yorkers like that, everyday?

Kidding...

Sometimes I have my reasons for riding on the wrong side, but only for very short distances. I always feel like stopping and saying something ("Hey numb nuts, wrong side!") when I'm driving or riding and see a guy or girl riding on the wrong side, especially when they're dressed like lance.
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The ONLY time I ride on the wrong side is if there is some sort of obstruction or construction that forces me to go on the wrong side. I get very uncomfortable when I can actually see how close the cars get to me head on.
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Old 08-09-06, 07:38 AM
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I avoid most NYC greenways like the plague.

When I encounter wrong-way cyclists I speed up and play chicken with them, although usually they'll move to the side between parked cars and let me pass. And what's especially frustrating is that one block away from my route is a street with a bike lane going the direction they are going.

Morons.
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I don't say a thing to them unless for some reason we are close enough, long enough, to have a brief conversation. Just yelling, "wrong way!", or something doen't get the message thru. THey just dont know they are breaking the law and endangering other road users. Of course, this is for inexperienced bikers and non-enthusiast bikers (you know who I'm talking about- guys with upside down bars and carrying groceries on a bike that although it has a cassette- has only one available gear).

For guys riding well maintained bikes dressed in biking-specific clothes- yeah, I'll usually speak up while passing.
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Old 08-09-06, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Scarr
I get out of the way, although I've pondered this question myself over the years. The only exception is when we're in traffic, I always stay to the right. If I'm riding the right way, and some dude decides to go against the flow of traffic, I'm not veering into a storm of cars just so he can buck convention...
My thought exactly. Let the knucklehead take on traffic.
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Originally Posted by Lucky07
I was out riding the Greenway in NYC tonight. It was like people had lost their minds.
Was there a full moon tonight? That was exceptionally uniform crazy behaviour.
There was a full moon last night...
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Old 08-09-06, 11:27 AM
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This morning, a wrong-way cyclist almost take the both of us out; good thing at least one of us (I) was paying attention... If I was a car, he would be dead...
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Those guys always get out of my way. I'm 210 lbs heavier build traveling at a decent speed.
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A pal of mine was taken out by a wrong-way cyclist in Central Park a couple of months ago. Cost him a new carbon fork and a few bruises. Oblivious wrong-way cyclists are serious hazard! That being said, I will from time to time ride a block or two the wrong way or <gasp> on the sidewalk to avoid some traffic and such. There's nothing wrong with that if one pays attention. It's the clueless ones who think they are in the right that are dangerous.

As for the Greenway, what really gets to me is the peds on the bike path when the ped path is open and available (to those who don't know, some sections have a shared route, nothing to be done there). It's the worst when the offender is pushing a baby carriage... on the wrong side to boot. That freaks me out, as more than hurting myself in a crash I fear hurting a child.
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I encountred a wrong-way cyclist at the end of my daily 20 miler this morning. The thoughts of what to say and what to do crossed my mind as we closed the distance. He then nonchalantly hopped on to the curb. There was no sidewalk. He rode on the curb, waved to me and said good morning. After I passed I observed in my Third Eye miror that he equally casually hopped down of the curb.

I returned the greeting. I was thoroughly impressed and actually enjoyed the encounter.

Several months ago I encountered a gentleman riding the wrong way on a DUIcycle every morning. After commenting "Wrong way." several days in a row, I noticed he started using the other side of the road.
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Just "stink eye" usually- no time to have a conversation about it.

Encoutered a wrong-way rider the other day that really p'd me off:
A dad with his kid in a trailer + an infant in a jump seat up by the bars. Unbelievable- the most precious cargo you can imagine riding sloppily down a major road the wrong way. No helmet, of course.
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If its a guy I stare him down with a withering glare of contempt as we pass, If its a chick I stare at her chest and smile.
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On my morning commute I ride past a middle school and every so often a kid will be riding the wrong way... I move and go around them... (they're kids I can't trust them not to wreck me). I tell them to move to the other side, but then I'll pretty much tell anyone they're on the wrong side, unless of course I see a decent reason for them to be there.
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I usually just move to the left and say something along the lines of "Ride on the right side" the other night i almost got taken out riding home from work by a kid riding on the left side of the road wearing all black with no lights.
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I kindly tell them they need to be riding on the right side of the road. I think a lot of people do this because they don't know they are supposed to be on the right side.
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