Originally Posted by Whiteroom
"On your left!" then pass on the left when you have a clear opening.
I ride on a multiuse bike path almost every day and above is what I do, but I have no problem with the bell suggestion either. When others use a bell before passing me I always hear it; not always the case with a feeble "on the left" call.
Sometimes all the warnings in the world won't help with neophyte trail users:
July 12th, 2007, 07:30 AM
Close shave last night. Not from a car or bus, but from a pit bull. Was riding bike trail near Shirlington. Saw big man up ahead with large dog walking on wrong side of trail. About 10 yrds out I call out loudly, "passing on the right." He stiffened and the dog reacted so I'm pretty sure they heard me. Rolling along, at 10 ft out I see that the dog has about 12ft of PLAY in his leash. As I close along side 'em the big man is trying to reel the dog in, but it's still moving towards me aggressively with teeth glaring and about 2ft from my thigh. I instinctively brake/eject from my bike and tumble to a grassy area to the right of the bike trail. I do a couple of barrel rolls on the ground and pop up ok. The man has control of the dog now and says, "Mister I'm sorry." I say, "no harm done." I'm in an ecstatic stupor from avoiding a bite from a dog who's head was as big as a basketball. As I cycle away I'm thinking that it was nice that a rainstorm about an hour before my ride made the grass where I bailed out nice and cushy.
Otherwise, my bike commuting has been going well this year.