CrankNFurter wrote:My frustration reached the point of signing up to post - I'm a regular commuter in the Melb inner north, and face regular moron behaviour from a minority of fellow riders. My issue is riding two abreast on 2-way shared paths while there is plenty of oncoming traffic and often also a line of others wanting to pass. I experienced this from a couple of oblivious nobs and couldn't help myself from shouting keep left d****** when I finally managed to get past. Very rare for me to get down into the gutter, but it was like the 3rd time on that very ride.
(After my display of heroism I demonstrated my excellent aerobic capacity by blowing away at high speed - assisted by all the other riders politely keeping left...)
Is this a "thing"? Do others have this experience?
Yes, it is. Very common on most shared paths; closer you get to the inner city the worse it gets. Not everyone's in a rush to get to work, or even going to work. Lots of people just going from a to b with their friends, parents taking kids to school, etc etc. It will help to put this into an on-road context. Those two abreast riders are the cyclists pedalling along St Georges Rd. where there are parked cars. You're the car that wants to get past. You saw a chance, blew them into the weeds and then casually passed all of the cyclists in front "doing the right thing". Get it?
Those meet up groups are the worst....they actually get righteous if you don't hug the far left so they can cruise through.
No offence is meant here btw. Just putting forth a different viewpoint.