Cyclists Get Off The Pavement

Cyclists Get Off the Pavements - Cyclists on roads not pavements
@wolfie34 (26792)
United Kingdom
July 21, 2007 12:07pm CST
One of my pet peeves is when I'm walking along on the PAVEMENT there is a cyclist coming towards me and they automatically expect me to get out of the way! Trouble is I'm an obstinate bu**er and I don't if they say anything I give them a mouthful about cycling on the pavement! I actually walk in the middle so they have to stop or slow down to pass me!I understand small children using pavements when they are supervised with parents, that is acceptable But grown adults? This is actually AGAINST the law, not that you'll find a policeman around, too busy racing to get back for the last digestive biscuit!Seriously tho' do cyclists on pavements annoy you? Do you say anything or do you happily move out of their way!
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22 responses
21 Jul 07
I am a cyclist, because I don't drive, but I like to think that I am a pretty considerate cyclist. However, having said that, do I sometimes cycle along the pavement, yes I do, particularly if it is along a busy road, am I careful and watchful for pedestrians, yes I am. As a cyclist something that really annoys me, are pedestrians who think they have a right to walk all over the cycle paths, in fact I cannot tell you the number of times that I have ended up cycling on the path because people were walking on the cycle track! then don't get me started about the people that like to smash glass all over the place, or worse still are the people that walk their dogs, either not having them on a lead or having them on a lead that is extended fully across the cycle track. I understand your point of view, but aside from the times where I see blatent idiots, for example cycling in the high street or dangerously, then I disagree with you. As a cyclist I find pedestrians are much more of a problem.
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• United States
21 Jul 07
You prove my point, there are polite, considerate people and their are self-centered people who expect others to give way to them all the time. Dogs-----people have no idea how intimidating their precious pet can be to other, especially to elderly and mobility impaired folks.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
21 Jul 07
I don't see too many cyclists on the sidewalks in my town- Most of them ride on the roads or streets- I would get out of the way though if I did see them- Especially if it was a child or young adult- It wouldn't annoy me- or so I say- It might be different if it happened alot- I can imagine you walking right down the middle of the sidewalk- I bet the cyclists say things back to you!
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
21 Jul 07
Yes some of the language is quite colourful and vulgar LOL
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
21 Jul 07
I agree. If there are children on the pavement the cyclist should go on the street and go around them and the same way if someone is walking on the pavement they should also get on the street. It's not going to hurt them to get on the street but as for the children they should stay on the pavement. Not too long ago I was walking and here come those cyclist as it looks like it was going to run over us oh I get so mad but of course I had to get out of the way . Some grown ups just don't think of how others feel isn't that a shame? I don't like to say anything to them because I don't want to start some trouble but I am waiting for others to say something.
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
21 Jul 07
Some people can be so selfish sadly, thanks my friend
@raydene (9874)
• United States
21 Jul 07
I don't let things bug me too much. I just put one foot after the other and get past things that might annoy me. If my pain level is through the roof I just stay in my room away from everybody so not to be grouchy. It's really noone elses fauth that I am in pain so I don't have a right to take it out on them. Hugs
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
21 Jul 07
Thanks my friend, you are so considerate to others!
@weemam (13377)
21 Jul 07
Yes my friend they do annoy me a lot , but no I never actually say anything to them lol , I am a wee coward , I usually turn to hubby or Ross and say out loudly , " they should be on the road not the pavement) like you say if it is a child then yes I quite understand but NOT an adult xxx
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
21 Jul 07
You're not a coward my friend x
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
21 Jul 07
Well Sweetie I have an Issue with that to specially when you nearly get knocked over as you are coming round the Corner and 2 boys about 11- 12 years old on their bikes come racing round on the Pavement I also only just managed to get Gissi out of the way They shouted sorry but did not slow down, I felt like pushing them of their Bike xxxx
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@lols189 (4797)
24 Aug 07
i too hate it when cyclists ride on the pavement as they can knock us over and hurt us if there not careful. most roads have a cycle lane so they should use it as thats what its there for. i tell them to kindly move lol
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I really dont have the problem here. I can see why it would be annoying....They are strict about the rules here on that , at least in my immediate area...
22 Jul 07
The trouble is that there are so many cycle paths now that the cyclists do not realise that where there isn't one they are supposed to be traffic and on the road. The cycle paths and pavements look the same and join up. Most of the pavements round where I live are relatively free of pedestrians and there is quite a lot of traffic. I must admit that when I cycle to work there is one patch where I should go on the road but it is scarey at rush hour so I stay on the pavement but I do make sure I stay out of the way of any people that I meet - there is also a grass verge I can use and the stretch is not very long. I do feel guilty though!!! What bugs me is all the cars that insist on parking on the pavements now and leaving hardly any room for pedestrians let alone pushchairs, wheelchairs etc. If there is not room to park on the road they should not park there at all. I feel like scratching on the car 'Do not park here'.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
22 Jul 07
Well, these cyclist are annoying yet I do not play a fool with them. The cyclist may have eyes but not the bicycle. I prefer to stay out of their way than end up being knocked down by them. I just cannot forget the incident when I was knocked down by a cyclist at a pedestrian crossing, where I have the right of the way, and other cars have stopped for me to cross.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
22 Jul 07
Well, these cyclist are annoying yet I do not play a fool with them. The cyclist may have eyes but not the bicycle. I prefer to stay out of their way than end up being knocked down by them. I just cannot forget the incident when I was knocked down by a cyclist at a pedestrian crossing, where I have the right of the way, and other cars have stopped for me to cross.
22 Jul 07
yoyo thats annoying
• United States
22 Jul 07
yea i do that alot but if im riding the bike and some1 is in the way i go around
• United States
22 Jul 07
It is the law here, too, that cyclists are to ride on the road. i used to get really annoyed by cyclists on the sidewalk/ Now, when i walk around a neighborhood, i don't use the sidewalk as it is too hard to control my walker while crossing driveways. i still think it is wrong for cyclists to be on the sidewalk, though...unless they are children. i don't think children belong riding on the street.
• United States
22 Jul 07
I could care less about someone riding their bikes on the pavement, but if im walking there, im not moving for them, they can go around me, or stay behind me, its their choice. ^_^
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
22 Jul 07
A few years ago I rode my bike everywhere, in our town we have two rules you must wear a helmets, as well you are supposed to ride on the road not the sidewalks. Now We have a very big East Indian population, and most of them are Sikhs and do wear a turban, for religious reasons, and of course can not fit a helmet over their turban.There are a lot of the elderly men that do ride bikes to get around. so the rule had to be changed to if you are not wearing protection on your head and you are in an accident it is your problem. As for riding on the side walks Yes on a few streets that are very congested, you have no choice but to ride on the side walk or get run over by an irate driver. even the police that patrol on bikes ride on the side walk, but again if you get into problems it is your fault. I was hit by a car going across a crosswalk but I was at fault because I came off the sidewalk to cross the street riding my bike. And as for people yelling at me I just say excuse me when I try to pass them. not like the scooters they rule the sidewalks they will run over you just as soon as look at you. lol
@mummymo (23707)
22 Jul 07
Well I don't see this too often, thankfully ,because I agree with you on this one too sweet brother of mine! Niamh gets to go on the pavement with Dad - she is neither old or safe enough to cycle on the road but when it comes to adults, espescially those that are very fast and think the pavement was put there for their individual use are not only annoying they are also very, very dangerous and I am afraid I have to poin that out to them! xxxxx
• United States
22 Jul 07
I'm going to assume that by pavement you mean sidewalks?. I ride my bike on the sidewalk, but if i pass a pedestrian i ride on the grass or road to go around them, I do not make them get out of my way. Sidewalks are for people. But I like to ride them too, as here our sidewalks run through some gorgeous areas. But I always give the peds the right of way.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
22 Jul 07
i also don't like it when a cyclist cycle on the pavement... pavement is designed for pedestrian and not for them... but i don't like confrontation and arguing with people... so i just happily get out of their way and let them cycle past me as long as they don't disturb me... i think life is too short to get annoyed by small things... i just want to live a happy life... :-)
• United States
21 Jul 07
Yeah, it ticks me off when cyclists don't follow the rules. We all have laws to abide by and I see many of them where I'm from, not doing that. I live in Colorado and we have lots of cyclists who look like their pro or something. I almost hit one once, as I was making a right hand turn. I was in the correct lane and everything, had my signal on, but the cyclist chose not to stop and went right beside me on the right side. Then, had the audacity to yell at me!!!! I'm all for cyclists and I think it's great they are maintaining their health by staying in shape, but it would be great if they could abide by the road rules as everyone else is supposed to.