1

Biking on the Bike Path (Read 1036 times)

    Literally within minutes after I found myself thinking "Its probably not safe to bike on the bike path on weekends" I get run off the path by someone who decided a full path wide uturn was in order. I ended up in the sand, but fell back onto the path. Fortunately, the sand stopped me cold, so I wasn't moving when I fell. I also wasn't able to get out of my pedals, so just ended up on my hip. Ugh, very very frustrating. It really is unsafe to bike on the bike path-kids, pets with leashes crossing the whole path, kites (I got caught in a kite string while skating, once). I guess I'll stick with traffic.

    Race Plans

    New Year's Race Los Angeles, January 3, 2015


    Half Fanatic #846

      Sorry you had a bad experience, but you are right - the bike path seems to be where everyone "plays" on weekends. My latest bike path experience involved approaching someone from behind who was riding slowly from side to side over the entire path while talking on a cell phone. When I got close enough, I yelled out "On your left" and passed, after which he yelled some profanities at me and then continued doing the same thing! So much for etiquette! Usually I will ride during "non-peak" hours, or with a small group which seems to help.

      I can do 440 in 220            90% of running is half mental            I ran half of my last race on my left foot!

       


      Awesome

        I had a similar issue in New York on the Hudson River Park and in Central Park. The only solution was to be out and back in before about 8:30 AM, otherwise it was too crowded with people to do anything except meander.
          At my HM this weekend, there were several bikers and runners trying move in the opposite direction of the race - in the same lane as the runners in the race - even though there was a lane open for them. I thought it was even stranger that some of them were pissed off at the runners in the race for not getting out of their way. I heard one runner remark, "maybe they're from the UK or something". I didn't think so - no detectable accent in their tirades. I told them, "No, Darwin just hasn't gotten to them yet."

          When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?


          Team HTFU NCTR Driver

            Bike paths (or, as I prefer to call them, "sidewalks") are generally pretty wretched for any kind of bike training. Suddenly every driveway is a cross street, and intersections where you'd have the right of way if you stayed on the street are now blocked by some yutz on a cell phone in a Tahoe. And that says nothing about the danger of going 20 mph on the same 8 foot wide strip of asphault (with lots of blind corners) in the company of skipping preschoolers, weaving AARP squirrel watchers, first-time rollerbladers, and some guy on a riding mower taking a shortcut to where he dumps his clippings. A bike is traffic. Best to take your place on the road. did



              A bike is traffic. Best to take your place on the road.
              Absolutely. Could not agree more (both as a cyclist and a runner/pedestrian)