Bmblbzzz wrote:It doesn't have to be singletrack. A few days ago I was riding my fully laden tourer (last day of a camping trip) up a steep hill on a country lane. The lane was fairly narrow but wide enough for two cars to pass. Ahead of me was a couple walking with backpacks and hiking gear (I think the Cotswold Way coincides with this lane for stretch so they might have been doing that). Because it was a quiet country road with decent visibility, they were walking side by side, chatting, and also veering a bit (perhaps the gradient was a bit much for them!). Effectively they were taking up the whole road, especially when you consider the 'dynamic envelope' of their poles and packs. And they hadn't seen me (head same direction) or heard me (over their conversation) so I called out 'Excuse me' and they looked round, saw me, parted for a second to let me through
You went through between them? I hate that, feels really dangerous
I know what you mean, but in this case it was perfectly safe. When passing walkers on a narrow path, such as a tow path, I always let the walkers choose which side they prefer then adjust to suit them. (Usually, they seem to choose the water side on a tow path, which is contrary to CRT advice but I reckon it's better to adjust to them rather than regulations that they are probably not aware of.) On a road there are, of course, rules everyone's aware of -- but in this case, they had chosen to part in the middle rather than both move to one side. The gap between them was quite wide, as it was a wide enough lane, just the way they had been walking made it impossible to pass safely unless one or other moved.