This is the fifth in an occasional series of posts asking sometimes awkward questions. Some topics are trivial, some serious, and others vital. I’d love you to join in any ensuing debate using the comments at the foot of the posts. Enjoy!
Why Don’t Cyclists Use Bells Anymore?
Okay, this is trivial. But what’s the problem? A bike’s a pretty silent mode of transport; it can creep up on a pedestrian without warning. It only takes the one on foot to change direction for the cyclist to become a danger on a footpath. I’ve no issue with cyclists using footpaths and forest tracks for their rides, but why must they dispense with the simple warning device that protects both them and those on foot from accidents? It seems such a simple thing: put a bell on the bike (it weighs and costs almost nothing), use it to warn people on foot of your presence, and save us all the anxiety.
So why not do it, eh?