Riding the bike trails around Colorado, you have all types of riders. You have your tourists, you have your weekend riders and you have your professionals. There is one thing I believe we all need to have in common, and that is common courtesy. I just don’t get it. Why is it so hard for most people to say 3 little words. “On Your Left”?
I have been researching online and all articles say to tell people “on your left” when passing. I am shocked at how many people pass and don’t say a thing. I always say on your left when passing, bicyclists, walkers, joggers, whomever I pass on the trails. Why is it so hard to say these 3 little words?
When you are zipping down the trails at speeds up to 30 mph, have some decency to say these 3 little words when passing others.
You never know when someone wants to stop, or if some couple is walking and talking and hand gesturing, or a dog and its owner decides to sniff on the other side of the path, etc.
A lot of people these days are oblivious and just doing their own thing, so just take a second to say on your left to alleviate a potential incident or accident.
It is MORE than courtesy, it IS a SAFETY issue. Come on people, it’s not that hard, please just say it.
Yesterday I was on about a 15 mile bike ride on the trails and many people passed me without saying a word. When people did pass and said on your left, I loudly responded, “Thank you”. When they said nothing, I said, ” How about an on your left”?
These 3 little words could save a lot of headaches, bumps and bruises, or worse….You never know when someone might veer out of their lane, decide to stop and turn, b/c they can’t hear you whizzing by and you won’t say those very important 3 little words.