Maybe because left side is suicide :)
Unethical, unwise and certainly uncultured. But then again look how great Adelaide drivers are. They set the example for us all, This manoeuvre does not only happen on commuter rides but is undertaken by some riders who 'post' on this Website during organised events. And they appear not see what the problem is ! Scares the 'bejeezuz' out of me.
This is the very reason I wont be going on the TDU ride this year, too many racer boy wanna be's acting like tossers placing other riders in danger
"left side is suicide"...i like that! :)
derek, it seems to be happening more frequently...whether because there are more cyclists out and about without a basic understanding of how to behave - who knows...but it freaks me out as well because i'm just not expecting a cyclist to be there...
i try to go on the outside when i can but sometimes its much safer to go on the inside - don't have to go into traffic
It might be safer for you! Not safer for the guy you're passing..
The 'ONLY' time that passing on the inside of another rider is if you know that rider and you let 'em know that you are passing on the left. Even then it should be kept to minimum.
so let me get this straight. i'm riding along a road with a bike lane and a parking 'lane' of empty spots and a stream of traffic on the normal lane, cyclist in front of you is going slower then you and i'm supposed to ride into the traffic instead of going into the empty parking bays? get real
Yes you are suppossed to ...you look over your shoulder first, indicate to traffic if they dont respond by nodding(the vehicles behind you)...dont do it yet, wait for correct time no matter if its "rush hour" or 4 am in the morning, its called being a "vehicle" in which a bicycle is. Its good to intereact with the bigger vehicles, so that they can respond in kind. If depserately needing to overtake on the inside, prehaps either say "Inside!!" or "on the left!!" about 20 secs before you do overtake on left.
good advice, matthew
agreed on interacting with vehicles making things safer, but not coming out into their lane will be safer still, no?
i don't like yelling things as yells are inevitably inaudible and make people feel threatened, i do like the bell idea from below
Well, if you don't like "yelling" and you don't like "coming out into their lane" you need to slow down and stay behind the cyclist in front until safe to overtake, simple as that... It's called 'patience' and it's what we expect car drivers to posess when they can't pass us straight away...