This has come up, usually in the form of Pit threads, many times before. This is addressed to the many smart and logical cylists on this forum, but especially to Mr. Ay Ah, whom I encountered yet again this morning.
It has been firmly established that most cyclists are intelligent, thoughtful, law-abiding citizens who are above reproach. It has also been firmly established that most pedestrians are slow-witted morons who lack the ability to rub two brain cells together. Got it.
But please, for the love of Og, when you clearly state “Hello and well met, good fellow, I am a cyclist who is about to pass you on your left, so I advise you stay to the right to avoid a collision”, could you please a) Say it some time BEFORE you pass, b) use your outdoor voice, and c) use more than two syllables?
We morons who are too stupid to react properly to your clear and unambiguous directive are not mentally swift enough to understand your mumble. I’m sure that in your head you are being perfectly reasonable, but to the outside world you’re just mumbling incomprehensibly under your breath.
This morning I heard someone behind me say “Ay Ah.” In a soft voice. I wasn’t sure if he was directing it at me, but it kind of sounded like someone who knew me and was saying hello. I actually turned to my left to see who it was. It absolutely did not sound like “On your left”, which it turned out to be. Luckily he was already past me by the time I reacted. This is not the first time that this has happened with this guy.
So please bicyclists, if you find that every pedestrian that you almost collide with is a complete moron, it’s probably your fault. And if it happens to you on a regular basis, get the fuck off the sidewalk where you don’t belong in the first place.
Thank you for your attention.