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Bike bell etiquette

By pug206gti 5 November 2008 43

I’m a pedestrian as well as an occasional commuting cyclist but have never quite come to understand how best to use my bell while on a shared walking/cycle path, nor what the bell from behind means.

Certainly as a pedestrian the ding right behind me usually leads to me jumping out of my skin so I’ve stopped ringing my bell when I’m cycling so much.  I tend now instead to steer wide around people often leaving the formed path, and if necessary announce ‘passing on your right/left’.

Is ringing at 2m behind the problem?  Would ringing with a bit more notice change perceptions?

As a gauge of community views, what do Rioters think of this?  Am I just being a bit skittish in fearing the bell means impending collision?  I guess it could also mean get off the path you silly walker/a mere warning of presence/hi!/gosh you have a good behind…

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peterh 11:14 am 06 Nov 08

pressurized canned air horn. not only will they get off the path, but so will every one else around.

Jim Jones 10:52 am 06 Nov 08

Cheers niftydog.

Back on the bike for me then.

niftydog 10:49 am 06 Nov 08

Jim Jones said :

Slightly off topic, but does anyone know if the magpies have stopped swooping yet?

Yep, ages ago.

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