Thursday, June 26, 2008

on your left

More people are getting out and riding their bikes and walking - on streets, on paths, everywhere. We need to do better at sharing these common spaces, co-existing safely. Some are strong believers in using some sort of signal, whether verbal (such as "on your left") or other sound. Others want everyone to slow down. Being more aware of one's surroundings would seem to be a good start. What's your $0.02 on this? Please leave comments.

4 comments:

deafguy said...

I have a bike bell, and I am careful to ring it well before I get too close to anyone. Mostly people make room, and don't mind the sound.

I am also aware that folks jog and skate with ipods, and don't listen. Anytime a kid is in the mix, I slow down, because they are pretty unpredictable.

Fargo said...

On a path, I usually have the best luck with a bell. No language issues, no right or left. It's fairly universal.

Velosnaps said...

I've been trying to drive to work less not only because of gas prices, but also because it makes me get out on my bike and get some exercise. Though, I do get frustrated by the other cyclists who have no idea how to follow the rules of the road!

Fargo said...

We seem to be dealing with increasing numbers of people who are new to cycling, at least on the streets. It definitely makes it more challenging for those of us who actually have a clue. I've had too many close calls with people riding the wrong way in bike lanes and on one-way streets.