On getting buzzed … by a cyclist

Friends and I were zipping along on our bicycles on a trail this morning, but apparently not fast enough to please a fellow cyclist.

I first became aware of the guy when someone in our own group shouted that he was coming up on our left. At roughly the same moment, he flew by, saying something about getting over and out of his way.

Some angry words were exchanged.

Three things come to mind:

  1. Not everyone can hear you say, “Passing on your left,” even if you do bother to say it. Speak up.
  2. If I don’t get out of your way immediately, too bad. I didn’t hear you and/or I don’t want to knock somebody else over just because you’re in a hurry.
  3. Jerk.
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3 Responses to “On getting buzzed … by a cyclist”


  1. 1 crazycommutingcyclist May 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Not only do they need to watch out for each other but the speed demons need to watch out for people and animals.
    And this brings up a question I had(after doing 30mph on a streigh empty section). How fast is too fast? What should be the max speed for the bike path? My thought is 15-18mph.

  2. 2 bjsmith May 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I have no problem with speed as long as it is under control and responsible. It’s common sense to slow down when a trail is busy, but sometimes people seem to lack common sense. It’s also pretty dumb to zip by with no warning and assume no one is going to veer out in front of you for some reason.

  3. 3 art3 May 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    courtesy and consideration for other trail users….how hard is that? I usually slow down when overtaking walkers and joggers, because many of them wear earbuds and cannot hear me yell out “passing on your left PLEASE”


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