Mike Sales wrote:
mjr wrote:It's not a word. Another typo?
If you whisper, you're not going to be heard over other traffic and people's conversations. If you merely speak, you'll need to be scarily close - someone thinks they're walking alone and suddenly a voice says "excuse me" - of course they jump.
I know its not a word, and that is why you guessed what I meant to write. You make a lot of fuss over a slip.
Strange - I only kept answering the questions and comments you keep making about that. I do not usually highlight typos, but that one made it genuinely unclear whether you meant peremptory or preemptory, or whether it was some word I did not know.
Here is a tip: if you don't want a fuss made about something, stop making a fuss about it!
You really want to prove that a bell is the only way. Why, I wonder.
A voice, as I said, can encompass all that a bell can, and a good deal more.
Bells aren't the only way but they are by far the best and while a voice can carry as far as a bell over other traffic and conversations, you have to shout hard (or scream, I guess, to be at a higher pitch, but I have not heard cyclists doing that!). So the alternative if you are not shouting is to get uncomfortably close to people before speaking.
I don't so much want to prove that as a bell is best (I quite like the fun balloon horns too and whistling seems OK - waiting far behind for the road to widen so much as to allow passage is also possible but often walkers react to a wider road by spreading out even more) as to disprove that speaking to people from close up or shouting from afar is anything like as polite. The idea that bells have no purpose seems very common on here and some other CTC social networks and it really should be debunked whenever it is posted IMO.
Cunobelin wrote:IIRC. wasn't the bell required to be fitted at point of sale?
Yes but I do not know the current state of those regulations (I do not sell bikes), they seem widely ignored (reflectors, anyone?) and it is not in the highway code, which was the claim.