I often say “Bike coming up behind you,” then watch for the direction the slower person takes. They almost always move to their right, instinctively, I think. I’m more likely to speak up when there’s more traffic, walkers, or bikes compared to when there are fewer, or when there’s lots of room to go around.
I sometimes wonder if when saying “on your left” the first 2 words are not registering for numerous reasons. Especially for pedestrians, I think SHOUTING “passing on your left” is more easily understood and registered.
I think you might be right on the words registering.
But even when people do by chance hear me they are still iffy on actually doing anything so I will save my efforts for something that might yield results. This also means I have to not be a dick when I do pass.
Almost got knocked off my bike this morning by trying to be nice. No more, it is not my responsibility to hold someones hand because they cannot remain aware of their surroundings. The only times I have ever came close to wrecking were from people who I just told I was passing.
and they have a donut one and a speedometer one too. I like the turtle one.
Maybe a bike bell is clearer because it’s pretty clear exactly what it is, rather than a disembodied voice saying something behind you (which induces people to turn toward it, and thus walk/roll towards it)? Like Mr.M’s dissection of the three bell dings up higher in the thread.
I like the loud freewheel thing, seems to work the best. “On your left” is usually good for bikes. The bell is mostly useless.
Walkers: wow, ring the bell and they ignore it the first time, second time they look around wondering what that is.
This past weekend, some 5 or 6 hours before the Steeler game, riding on the trail over there. At least three times I had to stop because people walking toward me on the path just didn’t even see me. I was baffled.
dude, get the glow in the dark fluorescent ones. then tell me where you find them. I really hate that they tend to just spin to the edges at decently low speeds. You could bedazzle them with rhinestones for added, uh, “visibility”.