As my bell ringing finger is getting a work out this summer, how are other people finding the pathways and pedestrian reactions to bell ringing. I tend to only ring when two people are walking side by side and I am warning them that I am approaching and please give me a wee bit of room to pass. However, if it is one person I tend not to ring the bell as I can usually pass safely. Recently (and on several other occasions) I have rung the bell and the people on the path became startled (even though I was a considerable distance away) they did the panic deer in headlights and began crisscrossing across the path like a panicked squirrel! I literally had to slow to walking speed to pass them safely.
Am I the only one ringing the bell? Are you a consistent bell ringer? What is your bell ringing criteria? The reason I ask is the fact that legally we are to have a bell on the pathway but what is the general mood of people who we ring the bell to (or not too). I am staring to feel like the ice cream bike with all the bloody bell ringing!