Which Passing Style Do You Prefer on the Bike?

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Photo credit: Jecapix - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jecapix - Getty Images

YouTuber and TikTok extraordinaire Daniel LaBelle believes that life is funny: He specializes in goofy videos that make the everyday into the hilarious. And one of his videos about the ways people react when you pass them in the bike lane has recently resurfaced on TikTok, going viral for the second time since it was launched two years ago.

In the video, LaBelle is demonstrating the different reactions to “On your left” when riding in a bike lane and trying to pass someone walking or running. There’s the old man, the headphones guy, the swerve-er, the entitled walker, and—our personal favorite—the diver.

Comments on the recently re-posted TikTok show that the cycling boom has created a new generation of young riders. The most important note that we took from scrolling the 8,000+ comments on the repost and the 57,000+ comments on the original? People get very confused about their right and left when someone behind them says, “On your left.”

A few choice comments:

  • I’m sorry, when I hear “on your left” my mind automatically extracts my knowledge of knowing my right from left.

  • I’m the indecisive only because I don't know my left and right

  • I’m combo indecisive and easily startled so we're probably going down 😂😂😂

  • I’m sorry I’m the indecisive, I temporarily forget which way is left 😬

  • Sometimes you only hear the word “Left” and in that split second your brain makes you want to go left. That’s where the indecisive and confusion comes

  • I hear “left” and I GO left. 🤦♀️I am a danger on the trails.

  • “On your left” / Me: goes on the left side / Me a second later: realising she’s riding on the left and I was meant to move to the right

Cyclists, use these comments as a reminder that often, runners and walkers aren't trying to dive in front of you, they're just very bad with directions at a moment's notice. If this happens to you often, a different phrase like “Just riding around you” or “Passing you” allows them hold their line while you safely maneuver around them. No falcon-ing required.

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