Cyclists on the Sidewalk: What’s a pedestrian to do? | Commute by Bike

In the LCValley we have lots of people on bikes. As often as not they are riding on the sidewalk and crossing at the intersections. Essentially they are pedestrians.

When on a sidewalk, you should yield to the slower moving user–usually actual, moving along on their own two-feet pedestrians. Mostly we do alright int he valley.  Bike paths are one thing. The few places where we customariily ride sidewalks like the bridges and access to bridges seem to have developed an unwritten and unspoken method–it is called couortesy.–Corrie

 

So a cyclist is cruising down the sidewalk, and there’s a close call with a pedestrian — or maybe even a collision. Harsh words are exchanged.

You should be in the street, you mountain of mad flesh!

I can’t ride in the street, you cockered dread-bolted strumpet. There’s no bike lane!

Listen, you rampallian, you fustilarian, you’re not allowed on the sidewalk!

What?! You are certainly mistaken, beetle-headed, flap-ear’d knave!*

This discussion, however, does not resolve the issue.

via Cyclists on the Sidewalk: What’s a pedestrian to do? | Commute by Bike.

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