Meaning of 'A droite'?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by normanp, 6 Jul 2007.

  1. normanp

    normanp New Member

    When in France does 'a droite' mean 'move to the right, I'm coming through on the left'? I'm confused as here 'on your right' means 'I'm coming through on your right so please move left' - or am I confused?
  2. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    A droite- the right a gauche- the left, a tout droit - straight ahead.
  3. Monty Dog

    Monty Dog New Member

    'A droit' would mean a rider coming through on your righthand side so stay left and 'a gauche' - on your left, which would be the normal side for overtaking in Europe.
  4. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    I think you'll find that a droit is actually a small terracotta gnome. Produced in the caves of the Gironde region of France droits are kept on a special shelf to ward off pantry lice. They enjoyed a recent surge in popularity when Paris Hilton replaced her chihuaha with a Swarovski encrusted droit for a visit to France, Europe. It's all true, Wikipedia told me so. :?:
  5. Jonathan M

    Jonathan M New Member

    In france, if you are told "a droite" I think it means keep right, as you are about to be passed on your left hand side.
  6. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

    In france, if you are told "a droite" I think it means keep right, as you are about to be passed on your left hand side.[/quote]

    I'd second that. If you were saying "I'm passing on your right" wouldn't it be "en droite"?
    "a droite" would be a shortened version of "restez a votre droite", or some such
  7. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Limoges or York

    I think you were reading one of the bits written by the CIA..


  8. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I disagree. I have lived in France for three years and I would understand it to mean "On your right". But I do agree that a French cyclist wouldn't pass you on your right, so what do I know?
  9. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Was that in 2007 when the OP was started and the previous last post was made? :laugh:
    Pat "5mph" and burntoutbanger like this.
  10. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Perhaps things have changed since the OP raised the issue twelve years ago?:whistle:
  11. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Well that's weird. I answered that post by asterix thinking it was new today and not dating from 2007. How did it suddenly pop up in General Cycling Discussions?
  12. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Did you order by oldest first? :laugh:
  13. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    This raises the worrying prospect of ghosts of conversations past suddenly appearing, to haunt their authors.
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  14. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

  15. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    North Wales
    Strictly speaking A droite means To your right and that's it when used on its own. As part of a sentence i.e., Tournez a droite , then it means Turn right. Je vous passe a droite would mean I m passing you on the right.
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