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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    To many pedestrians, especially those not familiar with local trail conventions, a bell, especially a loud one, just means "get out of my way." I use my voice for this reason, but of course, that annoys some people too.
    I try (try....) to lead with a pleasantry. "Hi there! Coming by on your left" or such. No one has yelled at me yet but I did have one lady give me the finger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crickey7 View Post
    Bells and lights. The two great trail debates that will never be settled.
    As well as helment laws and the Idaho/Delaware/Oregon stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    To many pedestrians, especially those not familiar with local trail conventions, a bell, especially a loud one, just means "get out of my way." I use my voice for this reason, but of course, that annoys some people too.
    Also a lot of trail users have limited English language ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    Also a lot of trail users have limited English language ability.
    And some people can't hear at all, whatevs, you can't fix everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arlcxrider View Post
    To make sure you know I'm passing and you stay to the right.

    Unlike the runner who pulled a 180 right in front of me on the W&OD last summer. I dinged the bell and followed it up with a "passing left"--she cut me off anyway, account earbuds... A minor crash, with some road rash as swerved hard, but I could ride away. No damage whatsoever to the other party.
    I've always been under the impression that when a runner or walker hears my bell, it is the equivilent of a starters pistol, the signal to go from walking to running (or vice versa) or to change directions.

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    This is uncontroversial....

    You: NOAA/GSA

    Me: Going glacially slow ~1mph, and carefully so as not to wipe out on your wet, POLISHED parking garage floor. I slowly turn my wheel left to turn, but going slow enough to remain vertical. Next second my wheels slide from under me and I go down hard.

    Who is the dumb MFer who decided to polish the goddamn concrete making the floor of the garage?! I’ve ridden on ice. This was way worse! Seriously what the fuck.

    NOAA confirms this is a known issue (duh), having me submit incident report. Apparently the real assholes here are GSA.
    Last edited by creadinger; 02-04-2020 at 05:43 PM.

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    Me: having dropped my kid off at school, excitedly turning into the nb Veitch protected bike lane, which is the first of a bunch of dedicated bike infra on my ride. Yay, safety

    You: salmoning sb in the nb Veitch PBL, hugged against the cars so I couldn't see you until...

    Me: &#*@(&$@)!!!!!!

    Do better, You, do better. You can ride on the sidewalk if you need to head sb on that side of the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    Me: having dropped my kid off at school, excitedly turning into the nb Veitch protected bike lane, which is the first of a bunch of dedicated bike infra on my ride. Yay, safety

    You: salmoning sb in the nb Veitch PBL, hugged against the cars so I couldn't see you until...

    Me: &#*@(&$@)!!!!!!

    Do better, You, do better. You can ride on the sidewalk if you need to head sb on that side of the street.
    Yes, I hate it when people salmon in protected bike lanes. At least if they're salmoning in the regular bike lane, you can try and make them play chicken with the cars instead of yourself. Yet another reason to just take the lane. Less stuff to dodge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    Yes, I hate it when people salmon in protected bike lanes.
    I encounter this very often, especially late evenings. The two most frequent problem areas in my experience have been eastbound bikes and scooters in the PBLs on M St (West End) and Wilson Blvd (downhill from Courthouse to Rhodes).

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    Yes, I hate it when people salmon in protected bike lanes. At least if they're salmoning in the regular bike lane, you can try and make them play chicken with the cars instead of yourself. Yet another reason to just take the lane. Less stuff to dodge.
    Come play with me on 1st and Second Ave protected bike lanes in NYC. Nothing like having an e-motorcycle coming at you at 20 mph.

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