Mike Sales wrote:John Holiday wrote:Just enjoyed a few hours cycling on traffic free NCN route on the Wirral. Hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians out enjoying the sunshine.
Strangely I appeared to be virtually the only cyclist equipped with a bell. All my bikes are fitted with 'Dutch style ding/dong bells,which often elicit favourable comment.
I also have a mirror,but was frequently overtaken by Roadies flying past without warning. Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable.
Why are people so reluctant to fit an audible warning device? Use of a bell would certainly generate a more favourable perception among other users.
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I find that an appropriate message can be more easily and politely delivered vocally.
I would not think of pushing past someone with only a ding, ding, I like to be sure that my message has been received before overtaking.
Bells are just like motorvehicle horns, used as a coming through/get out the way signal and oft perceived as a negative, just slow down, say excuse me if necessary, or even give a friendly vocal "ding-ding". I can honestly say I've never found wanting a bell, not even on the busiest stretches, where you would be going at a sedate pace in any case due to other users.
And for those hard of hearing or completely deaf, they are useless, so you'd need to slow down to walking pace and tap on the shoulder or wait until there is space to get around.