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Bicycle Etiquette By DFO

I need to pet one of my many peeves this afternoon, the proper approach to take by a bicyclist when s/he is coming up from behind some walkers. The proper way for a bicyclist to pass walkers is to shout out a warning, “On your right” or “On your left.” Today, during my lunch walk along the waterfront, every other bike rider — there were many of them — yelled out a warning, to reduce chances of a collision. That means every other rider didn't yell out a warning. Yesterday, only two or three riders warned us that they were coming up from behind. The warnings are important because walkers aren't paying attention to riders behind them, while looking at the viewtiful scenery. And walkers often can't hear riders. Also, riders should slow down when coming up from behind. Any questions?

Question: Are you a conscientious bike rider?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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