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What do you do when ...DERICK
Aug 23, 2002 9:35 PM
you encounter a "cyclist" riding the wrong way.
As politely as I can I say "excuse me...empacher6seat
Aug 23, 2002 10:59 PM
GET ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE F!@#%ING ROAD!!!!"

...but usually I'm not that mad, so I'll just point it out to them. Once I biked on the wrong side of the road for around 40 meters to get to the entrance of a store I was going to. A pedestrian yelled at me for doing it. Even though I knew it wasn't the right thing to do, it was more convenient, and maybe even a bit safer. There were no cars comming in that lane, and if I did it the proper way I would've crossed several lanes which were being used by cars. I try to remember this when pointing out the same navigation error to other cyclists, because they might be doing the same sort of thing. I don't see any other reason why someone would bike against traffic.
Pet peevegs6769
Aug 24, 2002 3:41 AM
I'll admit to yelling 'idiot' at several people doing this. The biggest problem this causes for cyclists is that one or the other is going to have move out into traffic. Often there's that unsure moment where the issue is undecided and the two are waiting for one another to make room. As they close on each other, the traffic situation can change leaving a very good chance for someone to end up on the hood of a car or under it's wheels. Where I live There's a busy three lane one way street that goes through the university campus with another of the same going in the other direction a block away. More often than I'd like to remember I've been forced into making room for wrong way riders in the bike lanes on these streets. There's no reason for it and it's potentially dangerous.
re: What do you do when ...SnowBlind
Aug 24, 2002 6:27 AM
ride as close to the inside as possible. They can see the traffic, not you, so the can ride next to it.
Or, I have stopped and blocked the inside of the lane.

Ah, pedestrians on bikes... bane of my existance.
I say, "That's a good way to get a ticket"Tig
Aug 24, 2002 12:39 PM
Sometimes when you go with the loss of money due to a ticket approach, it at least hits them where they don't like: the wallet. If I had more than 2 seconds, I'd kindly tell them that it is illegal and dangerous to ride against traffic.

Once upon a time, a looong time ago, there laws and rules of the road that told people to ride this way. Now for some reason, decades later, people still do this! Arrrgggghh!
I tell them . . .Kerry
Aug 24, 2002 12:53 PM
to "Ride on the right". Usually, when they see you coming right at them, they get the hint before you can say anything. I did this recently ("ride right") in a crowed resort town, and was told to "Shut up" by the lady riding the wrong way, in traffic, along a line of parked cars. She actually looked like a somewhat knowledgeable cyclist (helmet on properly, decent bike, bike shorts), but I guess she wasn't. Oh, and I'm sure I must be an a$$hole to her!
Honestly, I wouldn't say much of anything.Leisure
Aug 24, 2002 1:18 PM
At least not unless they start riding straight at you as though you're somehow obligated to move over and give them right-of-way. In that situation I'll stop where I am and let them take the extra trouble of getting around me and the rest of traffic, and if they make a stink I'll let'em know it was supposed to be my right of way anyway. If they're more or less trying to stay out of my way (which is most of the time) I won't worry about it too much; it's not slowing me down, it's their choice to do something which may or may not be less safe, and if it is less safe they'll figure it out on their own one way or another - hopefully before anyone gets hurt.