10 comments on “Ringing Around the World

  1. Amazing how the mode of communication might not change, but the message it sends is interpreted differently among different cultures.

  2. Very interesting post you’ve got there. The video makes me wonder what would happen should we try this in a western city. Personally if I hear a bell on the sidewalk, of course i’ll turn but I’ll also glare should it be a cyclist. They don’t belong on the sidewalk! And the fact they want to pass me? Though I might be a little less inclined to hostility should they be playing hindi pop songs, at least then they’d be contributing something!

  3. i ring my bell but alot of the time it makes no difference. id say in toronto bells don’t work – instead i have taken to screaming at people – most often at jaywalkers who think its ok to walk in front of bikes and will wait until cars pass look right at me and walk in front of me. actually i quite like it now – a good friday or saturday night consists of screaming at the 905 losers who swarm into Toronto and seem to think drunk + walking on the street wherever they want = good etiquette.

  4. Great article. By the way, why Toronto does not have cycle routes (real cycle routes)?!

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