Pedestrians & earphones.

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by simongt, 19 Oct 2015.

  1. simongt

    simongt Über Member

    Location:
    Norwich
    On my way to work this morning, I was travelling along a shared cycle path. Up ahead about sixty metres away, I observed a man walking his dog. I slowed down and rang my bell - an old style type, not a ping bell - several times in plenty of time for him to react safely. No response. So I yelled 'CYCLIST - !' quite loudly and the man nearly jumped out of his skin.:hyper: Why - ? 'Cos the dozy sod was wearing earphones; serves him right - !:laugh:
     
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  2. Dan B

    Dan B Disengaged member

    I bet that made you feel really proud of yourself
     
  3. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    What does shared cycle path mean to you?
     
  4. Oh dear. Well done at increasing the dick population by 1.
     
  5. LocalLad

    LocalLad Senior Member

    What would you guys suggest he should have done?
     
  6. If I walked passed would I shout 'pedestrian'?? No. If they couldn't hear me then I would cycle passed slow enough that I was as safe as a pedestrian. . That might be barely above walking speed.

    I would not then brag on a forum about how I scared someone out if their wits whikst wearing headphones.
     
  7. Dan B

    Dan B Disengaged member

    "slow down " is usually (almost always , I'd say) a safe bet.
     
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  8. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    bloody pedestrians wearing headphones, no pedestrian helmets - don't pay no path tax nor have insurance nor do pedestrian profficency tests nor nuffink....

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  9. LocalLad

    LocalLad Senior Member

    He did:
    "I slowed down"

    Not defending him, but he slowed down, rang bell, verbally told the guy he was there...interested to know what was missing!
     
  10. Didn't slow down enough, clearly.

    Then revelled in scaring someone who was on a path with a dog minding their own business. A shared path is a pedestrian's space where bikes are allowed. It is still by default their space and they are the more vulnerable.
     
  11. Sara_H

    Sara_H Guru

    On the shared paths I always slow right down, tinkle my bell or give a verbal alert. If they don't seem to hear me I just wait til theres's enough space to pass with a wide berth, but sometimes you will still cause a startle no matter how slow and wide you pass.
     
    Last edited: 19 Oct 2015
  12. Dan B

    Dan B Disengaged member

    If you walk past somebody do you "shout PEDESTRIAN quite loudly"? If not, why is it ok for cyclists?
     
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  13. flyingfish

    flyingfish Senior Member

    Location:
    Luton
    I always like to make sure dog walkers know I am there so they can get their dog under control
     
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  14. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Why not just taser him and steal his wallet while you're at it?
     
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  15. flyingfish

    flyingfish Senior Member

    Location:
    Luton
    If you assault a dog walker fido will get you
     
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