There are many new cyclists out there these days. Many are learning about the dos and don’ts of riding. Etiquette is often learned by word of mouth, but there’s also an argument that common sense should prevail.
British cyclist Gillian Brodie posted recently on Twitter about her experience. “I caught up with and overtook a man who was cycling much slower than my usual pace on a cycle path tonight. He then immediately sped up and tailgated me until I slowed and told him to pass. I am so sick of men doing this but on a dark, secluded path it’s creepy. Just stop it.”
I caught up with and overtook a man who was cycling much slower than my usual pace on a cycle path tonight. He then immediately sped up and tailgated me until I slowed and told him to pass. I am so sick of men doing this but on a dark, secluded path it’s creepy. Just stop it.
— Gillian Brodie (@GillBrodie) November 13, 2021
There were those who argued that they dislike it when anyone jumps on their wheel that they don’t know, but when it comes to safety, a female riding alone is a different matter.
Some argued that the male rider was simply trying to get a draft on the way home.
He may have been tired & was drafting you. A common occurrence among cyclists.
— SEA (@Swimski008) November 14, 2021
But given that the female rider was riding at night, there is definitely a case to be made for making her feel safe. It may be an innocent mistake on the part of the male rider, but there were many on Twitter who suggested it’s not a wise move to draft a female rider if you don’t know her.
Some suggested saying something kind and polite to reassure the female rider that they were simply drafting.
Say something kind and warm to the other cyclist as you pass.
Stay behind and away if you think that your manoeuvre might cause any distress or anxiety.
— Matthew Spowage (@mspowage) November 14, 2021
Others argued that there is never really a good time to draft a female rider, especially at night, if you don’t know her.
The difference is I don’t cycle for sport. I’m just trying to get from A to B not race round a velodrome. I’m not there to provide support for those who are a bit tired. Tailgating a woman unknown to you on a dark path at night is not on. End of.
— Gillian Brodie (@GillBrodie) November 15, 2021