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One accessory that I think every bike commuter needs is a bell. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just loud enough to make the ringing sound so people can see you and get out of the way. It’s basically courtesy and help avoid crashes between a rider and pedestrians who share the same path. One of my favorite bells is the Planet Bike Courtesy Bell. It comes in either Brass or Silver and only costs $8.99. I like this bell because it’s pretty small and it doesn’t take too much space on my handle bar, yet it’s enough to be heard.
For the most part people are conditioned to move out of the way when they hear a bell. Just check out this Japanese video where a guy walking from behind rings a bell and you’ll see the reactions of the pedestrians.