"it’s really dangerous."
said a skinny guy who passed me on the hawthorne bridge this morning after i had passed another cyclist on the right just in time to catch the small gap between him and a dog-walking lady coming the other direction.
i hella got told.
but wtf i see and pass by cyclists who do “dangerous” things, not abiding by informal cycling rules. but when i pass them i don’t tell them what they should have done. i just get on my way.
yeah, maybe i should have slowed down and stayed behind the cyclist in front of me until there was more room to pass, but that doesn’t mean i wouldn’t have passed on the right.
i’ve gotten passed on the right before when i’m cycling on the left “bike” side of the path, unaware that there are faster people behind me (not many people seem to use bells). there are times when it’s okay to pass on the right. just use your own judgement.
anyway.. now i feel like if i were driving i’d be one of those risk-taking drivers who drive a little too fast and then quickly change lanes to avoid hitting the slower cars in front of me.
also, during my bike tour from sf to santa cruz in june, i was cycling on the left side of the decently wide shoulder when a speedy lycra-clad fancy road bike cyclist passed me on the left. he immediately got honked at by a driver in the adjacent lane. that’s dangerous, too! there was more than enough space on the right side of the shoulder for him to pass me on the right, and it would have been totally fine!
and yeah.. cyclists are the only group who self-regulate and chide each other.