My turn to bark: PASSING LANES
There's a reason why they're called passing lanes.
We love to rag on the dumb cagers who don't know how to use passing lanes, right? Well, some of us bikers are equally clueless. If we wanna be strict about never passing in the same lane, we'd better get clear on some etiquette. I don't expect to change the riding habits of everybody, but since it happens almost everytime during the larger BCSB group rides up to Squamish, maybe this'll make a difference.
I have been behind you (and perhaps your group) waiting patiently. When you get to a passing lane, if you wanna pass somebody, then pass 'em and MOVE OVER. Otherwise, KEEP RIGHT and do NOT take off like a bat-outta-hell. Even when your pace is quick, DO IT ... there's always someone quicker.
Regardless of the number of wheels under you, remember this rule regarding passing lanes:
Use left lane for passing, otherwise keep right and maintain your speed.
If somebody can word it better than that, let's hear it.
I feel better now.
Last edited by dog44; 08-13-2004 at 05:56 PM.
Reason: Even when your pace is quick, DO IT ... there's always someone quicker.
did you have another run like the one we did last Monday? Strange how towards the end of the season etiquette and safety seems to degrade.
All I can add is that anyone who overtakes or is overtaken has to think for all the participants that are on the road with him. Expect everyone else to behave like an idiot when you make your decision to stay or overtake. Clear signals, blinker, hand or whatever else you can think of are helpful. I am lazy sometimes with blinking too, but when passing cagers I try to set the blinker early, and guess what a lot f them realize ho much more acceleration I have and pruposely stay right to let me through before they start tehir own manover. As for passing bikes, I try to stay in my place of a formation. If I feel I am too slow, I either set signals that I will stay right on the passing lane or I will signal the guy behind me to pass with a handsignal. If I do so splitting lane is ok, since I expect the rider to be there and I am prepared.
Splitting lanes with someone who doe snot expect that may startle the rider and cause him to move around, which could crash him or both riders, and that is what I call stupid and avoidable acident.
Ride within your means try not to police others who want to ride differently. If you encounter people who give a f%$# about their own safety, fall back or pull over and let them go, it is not worth it, at least to me it isnt.
Nope, last Monday was especially bad for a number of reasons, but I won't go into that here. Like I said, it happens all the time. The bikers I'm addressing are not jerks, they just don't realize. I did it myself, until I realized what I was doing.
Originally Posted by Kahuna