The Canberra Times has a story today (Saturday – not online unfortunately) titled “Fears ‘aggressive’ cyclists may hurt lake pedestrians”. Three ladies in their 60s were going for their regular morning walk when “At least seven cyclists came towards the women at considerable speed. ‘They were approaching so fast that we really just had almost no way of defending ourselves'”. One lady fell over while leaping out of the way and grazed her hands and knee.
Now if the cyclists were keeping to the left, and the walking ladies were keeping to the left, why would they have had to ‘defend’ themselves at all? The cyclists, no matter how fast they were going, would have just glided past them. Either the cyclists weren’t keeping to the left or (a better bet) the ladies were walking three abreast and not following basic road rules.
The end of the story is also rather sensationalist, predicting that a death will be next on our cycleways.