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Poll: What Do You Say to Get Peoples' Attention? (more)(21 posts)

Poll: What Do You Say to Get Peoples' Attention? (more)Fez
Nov 19, 2003 6:50 AM
Pedestrians, runners, other cyclists, cars cutting you off, cars veering towards you.

Nobody seems to look where they are going. Or care.

What quick sound can you make to announce your presence?

All I can think of is yelling "hey!"

No, I don't have a bell.
Heads up .... !!! (I climb when I'm not cycling)Steve Young
Nov 19, 2003 7:22 AM
Louder, faster and more urgently as they close on me without looking ...
I have a bell on the cruiser ...Humma Hah
Nov 19, 2003 7:28 AM
... but not on the roadbike, yet. The bell seems to work better than my old method, yelling ...

"On your left!"

Which did not work on rollerbladers wearing headsets, two walkers having a conversation, kids, or dogs. Small children usually turn to their left when you say that.

For slow cyclists, I sometimes say "You are about to be passed by an antique, 40-pound, singlespeed Schwinn," or "What are all those gear-looking things for?"
Looking for any 1 syllable utterances...Fez
Nov 19, 2003 7:34 AM
A lot of times I just need to get their attention.

"Hey!" sounds too confrontational.
BIKE!Humma Hah
Nov 19, 2003 8:31 AM
I haven't tried that, but it should fit the bill.
Look! She's Naked!...........rwbadley
Nov 19, 2003 7:38 AM
Doh!!! Ya got me! :>) (nm)BigFatSal
Nov 19, 2003 7:51 AM
re: Poll: What Do You Say to Get Peoples' Attention? (more)kokaku
Nov 19, 2003 8:17 AM
A sharp loud "YO!" will get most peoples' and drivers' attentions so that they stop walking blindly into the street mid-block against the light without looking in the direction of traffic, turning that corner and cutting you off, rolling through that stop sign, etc etc etc.
re: Poll: What Do You Say to Get Peoples' Attention? (more)Fredrico
Nov 19, 2003 8:23 AM
"Look out!"

"Hey, watch it!"

"On your left, wimp!"

"Don't move!"
Bike behind or on your left works for me (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 19, 2003 8:27 AM
Depends upon the situationLive Steam
Nov 19, 2003 8:36 AM
If I am approaching a rider or runner from the rear I say "On your left"

If I am approaching an intersection where I have the right of way and the driver at the cross street isn't looking my way - I yell "Hey" or whistle very loudly to catch their attention. If I can't do that I obviously stop.

I always point directly at drivers in cars that are at a cross street that I am travelling on. It sort of freezes them for a moment. Many drivers like to roll stop through stop signs and I hate that. The finger pointing usually gets then to stop before they normally would have.
Nov 19, 2003 8:54 AM
Works really well when your face is pressed up against the windshield. :-)

I have a bell on my MTB. It's effective but polite on the trails. If you're on MUTs or have high pedestrian traffic than I'd recommend a bell. When dealing with motor traffic just yell and be stern.
re: Poll: What Do You Say to Get Peoples' Attention? (more)MShaw
Nov 19, 2003 9:54 AM
Try "passing." It implies (here in the US) that you're about to go around them on their left without giving them an excuse to turn around and look.

I used to say "on your left," but kept getting people turning around to look. Inevitably they'd turn directly into where I was about to ride!

"Rider Back ! ! !"cjwill
Nov 19, 2003 10:23 AM
No reasen for them to look back they know whats coming, because you told them sooo....
"passing," or "cyclist back." "on your left" too often createsbill
Nov 19, 2003 12:35 PM
the opposite reaction.
Same as SteveScot_Gore
Nov 19, 2003 10:05 AM
When its oncoming traffic I use "Heads Up". This time of year I encounter ski skaters on the MUTs in singles and packs. Many of the MUTs are not wide enough to accomdate ski skaters in full stroke, When they are approaching they are most often focused on where they are poleing and not much beyond. I find that "heads up" gets them to notice me, puts their focus further up the trail (where I'm at), and gives them time to coast into a single lane of traffic.

When I'm overtaking, I'm trying to get into the habit of saying "passing". I still use "on your left" out of old practice, but, like many here, I've found that people only hear "LEFT", take it as a command and move to their left.


passing [nm]komatiite
Nov 19, 2003 10:42 AM
I whistle 3 times. (nm)Skooter
Nov 19, 2003 11:21 AM
I'm putting my daughter's big pink horn on my city bike...Matno
Nov 19, 2003 8:39 PM
when I finish building it that is. My dad gave the horn to her as a sick joke when she was just old enough to squeeze it all the time. Fortunately, after several months of her crying every time I took it away, she finally forgot about it for a while. Now I know what to do with it!

Oi - nmMJ
Nov 20, 2003 1:02 AM
Oi - nmMShaw
Nov 20, 2003 10:13 AM
Yeah, that works too. As long as its said like you have a pair!