Learn how to pass an­other cy­clist, please!

The Coast - - VISUAL ARTS - —The Bike Lane Is For All Cy­clists

To the cy­clist in the wa­ter­melon hel­met who tried to pass me while I was coast­ing on a down­hill in a bike lane: the cor­rect way to pass an­other cy­clist is to ring your bell (if you don’t have one, get one! It’s an im­por­tant safety item) and say “On your left” to in­di­cate where you’re pass­ing. The in­cor­rect way is to yell “Ex­cuse me” over and over (I had no idea this was ad­dressed to me; it was quiet and blended into the back­ground noise) and then say “The bike lane is for bik­ing” as you fi­nally pass. This con­ven­tion ex­ists for a rea­son! Cy­clists all over rec­og­nize it, but even when they don’t, it is very clear what is meant when you hear it (un­like “Ex­cuse me” which while po­lite, is func­tion­ally use­less in traf­fic). No need to shame any­one go­ing slower than you! Please learn the safety con­ven­tions so that you’re not be­ing a dan­ger to your­self and oth­ers by caus­ing need­less con­fu­sion. Cy­clists get enough hate from driv­ers, we don’t need it from each other.

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