Not about pedestrians, not about motorists, just about our fellow cyclists. We are all so different that stuff is bound to frustrate when we approach riding in such different ways, explain to those we think are less experienced, etc. Ok, tell us your stories, tell us your pet peeves, we're all friends!
I'll start out with a pet peeve of mine... The cyclist that blows past me so close to me I felt the wind of their SWOOOOOSH as they fly past me but they say nothing to warn me. We're in tight quarters in the bike lane. Buy a bell and/or tell me you are there!
p.s. sure, your pet peeve may be the forum post that's been done before but I kinda feel like this tucks into other topics so this time I'm giving the pedal pet peeve front and center.
YES, it's really two complaints, isn't it?
Alex, it just really sounds like you feel left out and you really want to be shoaled. ;-)
Leapfrog shoalers do it to me. I am fine with somebody who gets in front of me and stays there. I don't do it but if they do it I will deal. leapfrog shoalers get in front of me at a light. I ride stuck behind them until I feel I can safely pass and being old and cautious I am stuck for a while. I pass and forget. At the next light the same person shoals again and we play leapfrog for a couple of miles.The pressure gets relieve either by me making a light that they are forced to stop at or more likely I stop at a light and rather than simply shoal the leapshoaler will blow off the light and that is with my blessing. If he/she lives to get through the intersection alive we do not see each other again.
Ever asked an offender about this at the next red? I've always wanted to.
I think sometimes it is just the same as the close parking spot phenomenon. There is no thought other than "must get as close as possible even if I have to drive around for a time longer than it would take to walk from the furthest spot in the lot"
Or could it be that the newer slower riders are less experienced and don't realize there is a reason for not waiting at a light way out into the intersection?
@yasmeen hahahahahaha hilarious if you read it that way. i hope it's obvious that that wasn't my intention or perspective!
I didn't bike to work today just cause I've been so f***ing sick of shoalers. Yesterday, I didn't obey stop signs and "safely" went through red lights just to get away from them, espeically after one guy kept doing it and eventually cut me off because he was upset that I kept passing him after every shoal (wtf). I've tried to change my mentality on commuting to stay calm and enjoy it again, and part of that change included not doing that. Just needed a break so I took the train today despite the commuter challenge.
Oh yeah and riders going two abreast when it's not safe, especially on the paths, though they're typically tourists on divvys or "non-cyclists" just trying to have fun and enjoy bikes while grumpy old me gets pissed off at them.
It's not always easy, but trying to change your mentality to stay calm, as you say, can pay dividends for your mental health. As someone on here once wrote, "You are on a bike, so by default things are going well."
I try to remember that, though I don't always. :)
Oh, man....if I had good mental health, I would be the most boring person in the world. :)
Heh....one thing I love about cycling: when I get road rage, people *will hear me*!! One thing I love to do, for example....someone in a car just kinda hovers there doing nothing and blocks traffic and you don't know whether it's safe to proceed, I'll yell, "TRY THE PEDAL ON THE RIGHT! MAYBE IT DOES SOMETHING!!" Ahhh...now THAT is what keeps the gray hairs away. :)
I like that:
It's not always easy, but trying to change your mentality to stay calm, as you say, can pay dividends for your mental health. As someone on here once wrote, "You are on a bike, so by default things are going well.
I've solved shoaling anger by altering my commute to a longer but less traveled route. The extra minutes are a small price for the peace of mind!