kwackers wrote:But presumably the dangers only apply to those town centres and footpaths where cycling is banned? Once the little white bicycle is painted on the floor then everything is hunky dory...
Not necessarily,but it can be in certain circumstances,our problem is that anywhere cyclists are perceived to be 'in the way of the real traffic' then the 'ickle white bike painters are called out
I regularly ride a good quality, traffic free shared use path for 12 to 15miles.
I also ride a 100% completely unused good quality footpath,by the side of a very fast and busy A road for about a 1/2 a mile.
I have no issues with pedestrians on either,one because they're aware it's shared use and we make allowances for each other,the other because in the 10 or so years I've used it,I've yet to encounter a single pedestrian,if I did I'd stop whilst they passed.
That wouldn't be the same in my local town centre and because of that I wouldn't ride footpaths where there is pedestrian traffic.
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