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I got him!

Approaching the intersection of Orleans and Ontario from the south, on my way from work just about an hour ago, I saw a cyclist pedaling on the east side of Orleans, getting to the same intersection from the north. Against the traffic. That he didn't have a headlight goes without saying.

I've been in a similar situation several times before, but never had a chance to try this way of dealing with that kind of fish: I slowed down, and kept as close to the curb as I can, forcing the salmon to go around me.

There was enough light still to see the expression on his face.

Priceless!

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Bingo!

Awesome!

About a year ago...I was on Armitage. There was a younger hispanic guy on a mountain bike going against the flow. I tried to get him to go around. I didn't slow down. I stayed near the cars. As we got closer, his look of panic grew significantly, I thought he would just go out and around me. He wasn't slowing down either. About two seconds before collision, he ran into the parked cars and I had to swerve away from his bicycle. I don't know if he learned his lesson.

Does that mean I caught him?

Four posts in, and this is quite an entertaining thread already! It will be interesting to hear more "salmon fishing" stories.

Nah! But you won a play of chicken ;)

Jaik - 4.3mi said:

About a year ago...I was on Armitage. There was a younger hispanic guy on a mountain bike going against the flow. I tried to get him to go around. I didn't slow down. I stayed near the cars. As we got closer, his look of panic grew significantly, I thought he would just go out and around me. He wasn't slowing down either. About two seconds before collision, he ran into the parked cars and I had to swerve away from his bicycle. I don't know if he learned his lesson.

Does that mean I caught him?

It's SAT analogy time...

Forcing a salmon to go around you in to oncoming traffic:catching fish::salmon freaking out & crashing into parked cars:fish just straight up jumping into the boat



Jaik - 4.3mi said:

About a year ago...I was on Armitage. There was a younger hispanic guy on a mountain bike going against the flow. I tried to get him to go around. I didn't slow down. I stayed near the cars. As we got closer, his look of panic grew significantly, I thought he would just go out and around me. He wasn't slowing down either. About two seconds before collision, he ran into the parked cars and I had to swerve away from his bicycle. I don't know if he learned his lesson.

Does that mean I caught him?

Wow! I'm ready to take up fishing!

JM 6.5 said:


I don't think this type of aggressive riding teaches the "salmon" anything. You guys just sound like entitled jerks.

Instead, say something constructive, or just wag your finger... Or just ride by and don't do anything.

Why should they swerve into traffic?  At least the salmon can see if anyone's approaching

Kelvin Mulcky said:

I don't think this type of aggressive riding teaches the "salmon" anything. You guys just sound like entitled jerks.

Instead, say something constructive, or just wag your finger... Or just ride by and don't do anything.
Who needs to swerve? It's no different than avoiding a pot hole or parked car in the bike lane. We do it all the time; just look over your shoulder, merge, and take the lane for a few seconds. Simple as that. If you're feeling snarky then tell them that they're riding the wrong way. No need for intimidation or aggressive behavior- we get enough of that from car drivers!

Sorry to use the cliché, but just keep calm and carry on.



Kelvin Mulcky said:

Who needs to swerve? It's no different than avoiding a pot hole or parked car in the bike lane.
That particular stretch of Orleans is extremely busy at rush hour. Swerving into the traffic lane is something to be avoided. I think Serge did the right thing.

Who was aggressive? Me?! You kiddin', right?

Kelvin Mulcky said:

Who needs to swerve? It's no different than avoiding a pot hole or parked car in the bike lane. We do it all the time; just look over your shoulder, merge, and take the lane for a few seconds. Simple as that. If you're feeling snarky then tell them that they're riding the wrong way. No need for intimidation or aggressive behavior- we get enough of that from car drivers!

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