Apparently a debate is raging about cyclists riding on pavements and causing a nuisance to pedestrians.

I’ll admit that whatever discussion has been taking place has largely passed me by.

It does seem to have got a few people hot under the collar though and I can understand why, but as this piece from members of the CTC there are possibly bigger issues worth discussing.

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One of the big questions is why so many people feel the need to take to the pavements?

Is it fear of what they encounter from motorists on roads? The answer is probably yes.

There is much to be said for the belief that there is safety in numbers – in other words, the more cyclists stick to the roads the more aware motorists get used to their presence.

Yet even at sunrise on quiet country lanes there are inconsiderate motorists to be wary of, so such increased awareness might take some time.

Recent run-ins with a lorry which got close enough for me to touch and a passenger coach at a roundabout suggest professional drivers have as much to learn as most motorists.

But pedestrians need to be a bit more aware too – the chap who told me off for “riding on a path” seemed surprised to discover he was sharing National Cycle Route No.54 with me.

Cyclists could also do themselves a lot of favours by showing the type of respect for other road users and pedestrians they demand themselves.

We can all learn a few lessons which would make life a lot easier for us.

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6 responses »

  1. DocDelete says:

    Indeed. And often, hell can be ‘other cyclists’. Basic roadcraft tells us that we should keep to the left. This premise goes a long way to making shared transit routes workable, but is often blithely ignored by casual cyclists, and indeed some ‘better’ cyclists who should know better.

    Visitors to Cannonhill Park, Edgbaston, you know I’m talking about you…

  2. Paul Groves says:

    Hi Doc: Clearly belting along a busy shared path is beyond stupid and we all have lessons to learn. But local authorities are too interested in meeting quotas on provision of cycle paths rather than creating proper routes, which is why we have so many ridiculous shared lanes.

  3. DocDelete says:

    Excuse the link, but I’m no fan of cycle lanes that are afterthoughts…

    http://www.davidson-igd.co.uk/davidsonigd/?p=481

  4. Paul Groves says:

    Genius! Thanks for the link :-)

  5. Mikki says:

    Dray has decided to cause a hazard whilst cycling on the pavement, by flinging himself off his bike and leaving most of his skin on it.
    Happily no pedestrians were injured in the incident.

  6. Paul Groves says:

    Ouch! More to the point, how is the pavement? Most important, he didn’t damage his bike did he?

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