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Passing etiquette?(14 posts)

Passing etiquette?Triphop
Jun 20, 2003 8:00 AM
When I am on the flats or going up a climb I always announce my presence a couple bike lengths back so as not to startle the rider ahead. But when descending I am not sure of the proper etiquette. Yesterday I was coming down at a high rate of speed and came up on another rider who was travelling maybe half my speed, I flew by well to their left but still within the lane. I did not announce my passing...I didnt even think about it, as I was cruising. Then as I got into town I was moving with the flow of traffic and passed a rider who again was going much slower, and passed in the same manner.

Is this considered rude? Is it necessary to announce your passing when you are going twice the speed of another rider? I would think by the time I got close enough for them to hear me, I would be passed before they comprehended my words.
I pretty much do the same...Dwayne Barry
Jun 20, 2003 8:05 AM
some people might consider it rude not say something, but you have to balance that with the possibility of the person swerving into your path (in response to your announcement) and you not having time to react.
re: Passing etiquette?270bullet
Jun 20, 2003 8:06 AM
Just pass. The only time I think it necessary to announce yourself is if you are in an area where a pass will bring you very close to the other rider. On a street or wide bike lane where there is plenty of room, just pass 'em. Unless of course, they are riding in an upredictable way.
re: Passing etiquette?jradford
Jun 20, 2003 9:12 AM
there is a reason why they have a yellow line painted down the centre of the MUT.

Next time he should stay on his own side and then he can look wherever he wants.
sorry wrong postjradford
Jun 20, 2003 9:13 AM
Jun 20, 2003 9:24 AM
That is what I figured. Being new to road I am unsure of all the nuances of riding etiquette, and would rather not be "that guy".

I tell you though, road riding is mtn bike has seen only two rides this year!

I say announce...94Nole
Jun 20, 2003 10:04 AM
as I am probably the guy motoring along at half your spead. If you are ten feet to my left, then no sweat. If you are 2 feet to my left, then, to me, that is another issue.

It pisses me off when I get buzzed by some snooty a$$ cyclist too damn good or who lacks the courtesy enough to speak.
Announce not always the savest way...Jowan
Jun 20, 2003 10:27 AM
Where I ride you always have watch out for other cyclist in a slower pace (Netherlands). Big problem when you announce yourself and there's ample rome to pass, people tend to look back to see whats coming from behind. By doing so they make a sweep to the left and come into your path, not what you want. I've learnt that often the savest way is to just swirll by. Not the most gracious but often the savest.

Get a squeeze horn !(Just kidding)JimboTero
Jun 21, 2003 2:28 AM
Here in Japan, you are supposed to fit your bike w/a bell. Once I was going to pass a guy & gave him a ring so he swerved right into me & we ended up sprawled on the asphalt, bikes tangled up. Fortunately I was just using my Mtn. bike to drop off some videos.
People who look tend to swerve in that direction (this guy happened to just be a fool who started swerving left and right in panic w/out looking as soon as he heard the bell)
For you guys who don't like being "buzzed" by faster riders - sorry, but we can't tell ahead of time who is an idiot and who isn't. Getting by safely is paramount.
If the speed difference is not too great, I give a friendly greeting as I go past.
I agree with Jowan
I'm trying to be friendlier.dzrider
Jun 20, 2003 10:33 AM
In response to some of the lengthy disscussions about snobbish riders, on the rare occasions I catch somebody I now try to acknowledge them as I go by. I say something before I actually catch them and then greet them cheerfully as I pass.
I always announcecoonass
Jun 20, 2003 1:47 PM
for walkers, joggers or roller bladers, either "Biker back", "Biker on your left", or just plain "On your left" when passing a biker....this protects me as well as the individual. I've seen bikers (& others) just suddenly move to the left for no apparent reason or walkers suddenly make a U-turn in front of me to return to their starting point...if I see signs of headphones or earbuds, I pass with caution because they are not paying attention to the outside world. I would say that the majority are appreciative of the announcement instead of being startled by a bike flying by them...
re: Passing etiquette?GeoCyclist
Jun 20, 2003 3:47 PM
When you blow by another rider, you had better be looking at both riding lines; yours and thier's. I agree that it does little good to announce you are passing when traveling at twice the speed of the other cyclist; however, if the other cyclist has to swerve to miss an object you are both going to have a very bad day.

Just a thought!!!
"Coming-up -on- your- left" has worked great for me...DUOHEAD
Jun 20, 2003 9:06 PM
spoken semi slowly well before I actually overtake! "On your left", while better than saying nothing, often are just words as the hiker will often move to the left into my path. They hear but don't register my intention. Esp. true of weekend biker/hikers & kids! They forget there are moving vehicles on trail! In any case, minimizing the "surprise" factor keeps it all much safer & friendlier.
I always appreciate it and the rare instance :) someone passes me with a warning, I raise my left hand to acknowledge they've been heard! Enough bad blood between hikies & bikies let's be considerate out there! Flying past & surprising anyone can be a rude spook!
re: Passing etiquette?MShaw
Jun 23, 2003 11:01 AM
Its all a context thing. Are you going x faster than the person you're passing and have enough space to get around them safely? If so, its probably safer to just go around giving the passed rider/walker/jogger/etc. a wide berth. If there's not as great a speed differential, or not enough room, then I usually just say "passing" 10-15' behind them. I used to say "on your left," but noticed that most times that I did, the person would actually go to the left instead of doing nothing. Saying "passing" doesn't seem to ilicit this pavlovian response.