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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.

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Well,that problem doesn't seem to exist in the city of Chicago -- the fact that we have so many forms of mass transit kind of quashes that belief at least on a municipal level.

But even so -- the way to make change is *not* to ignore stop signs and potentially put others in danger. (Confession: if I'm a billion percent sure that 1) there's no way anybody will get hurt and 2) I'm pretty sure nobody's looking, I'll Iowadaho stop myself; hell, I ran a red light once.)

Agreed. Also, I always blow through red light when there is no cross traffic so I can get as far ahead of the cars coming up behind me as possible.

 I reside in your camp for the most part. The responses in opposition here are not strong and I believe are seeking to justify emotional actions with weak logic.

Shoaling by guys who assume they're faster than me -- you know, because they're guys, so they must be.

Oh god yes, this happens every single day of my life. Usually I basically yell "on your left" at them when I do pass them because I am faster. 



I would add mansplain to the man-shoal. You know, the dude that feels compelled to assume I don't know anything about bikes/my bikes/cycling and needs to mansplain it all to me. ugh.

I always expect those comments to be puctuated with "little lady."

I don't think that men shoaling women are purely sexist. It sounds like, from this statement, that you might. Every day, every hour, a woman shaols a man is or a man shaols a man or a woman a woman. Is it not simply selfish and ignorant? I think that people doing this are not really thinking about it at all and/or it is simply a transformed behavior from driving.

It is perhaps sexist to think that one sex would know more about one subject than  the "other" sex. (BTW, is there only two? I think we as a society have clearly established that the defining lines are subjective)

Now that I'm on DIVVY, I never shoal anybody. :-)

Lol. Well, except maybe other Divvy riders.

gross. i regularly ride with my girlfriend, and the worst is when dudes shoal her, but not me (man). wtf? as if plain shoaling was bad enough, the sexist part is even shittier.


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