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Not about pedestrians, not about motorists, just about our fellow cyclists. We are all so different that stuff is bound to frustrate when we approach riding in such different ways, explain to those we think are less experienced, etc. Ok, tell us your stories, tell us your pet peeves, we're all friends! 

I'll start out with a pet peeve of mine... The cyclist that blows past me so close to me I felt the wind of their SWOOOOOSH as they fly past me but they say nothing to warn me. We're in tight quarters in the bike lane. Buy a bell and/or tell me you are there! 

p.s. sure, your pet peeve may be the forum post that's been done before but I kinda feel like this tucks into other topics so this time I'm giving the pedal pet peeve front and center.

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Oh man! be careful out there!

 The Dearborn lanes vs Congress during rush hour... so much traffic that forces cyclists to stop at the appropriate red light... but then some drivers who get stuck on their own red light, at the intersection, blocking it and the bike lanes... they look down in embarrassment, or they just don't care. 

I'm sure this has already been mentioned by I really don't like when other cyclists try to pass on the inside/right and push me out in traffic. Total pet peeve. And almost always the person doing this also gives me no warning they are passing.

Ok, I have one. It's a big one for me. It drives me bonkers when cyclists belittle fellow cyclists as well as make grand statements about how they are THE ONLY ONE that obeys laws. Give me a break. 95% of us ride carefully obey laws (that make sense and keep us safe). Holy cyclists come out when there's a crash to tell us they are the only one in Chicago that obeys a traffic light. And what do I feel? *eyeroll*

That's right, I feel annoyed. I ride Damen, Lincoln, Clark, etc. very often and I have been stopped waiting for lights with a number of cyclists waiting with me. Same for my experiences riding downtown. Could we please stop perpetuating the nonsense motorists throw at us to victim blame when a crash occurs?

p.s. if you follow CL on FB, there's a regular lady that loves to tell us how we are all bad cyclists and she is the only one that stops. EVER. *eyeroll x1000*

Thank you! +100

Add me to the list bemoaning:


pass on the righters

goldbrickers in the LFT (not riding, just yakking with friends)

holier than thou cyclists across the board

What's a shoaler?

People looking at their phones not just on the LFT, but on bike lanes in the city. 

Nevermind, found what shoaling means: 

Shoaling (Bike Snob NYC)

Ever find yourself waiting at traffic lights when a fellow cyclist practically pushes his way in front of you, before you have to overtake them when the lights go green? That’s shoaling

Another one: when a cyclist comes to a stop or slows to a crawl in the middle of a bike lane/path without getting out of the way of cyclists that may be behind them.

Happened to me just this morning. I'm riding east down washington coming up to lasalle and this cyclist in front of me slows to a near stop at the green light. I loudly say "why are we slowing down?" since they didn't pull over nor signal a turn. He ignores me and appears to plan to wait for people traffic to clear so he can make a right. He could have pulled off to the right either way and left some room in the lane. I had to go into the car lane to get around him.

I notice this happens more often at times where there's less people biking (because of, for example, rain- it was rainy this morning). So maybe cyclists are more likely to assume they are the only one on the road.


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