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Exercise Ettiquette?

By MrMagoo - 20 January 2011 31

Possibly like many of you, I regularly use LBG as an exercise venue, primarily to run around on the now excellent paths that have been laid. 

My question or ponderance is what is the ‘right of way’ when running around the lake?  (This will obviously have similar implication for LT and LG). 

My thinking is like the road, if you keep left then you should be OK.  However, some people seem to think the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. 

Or in other words they run as close to the lake as possible even if they are running the opposite direction to you. 

Running either clockwise or anti-clockwise I think should see you running/riding/roller blading on the left.  The new paths offer plenty of room for over taking and huts still have room for both directions of traffic.

Be interested in people’s thoughts.

What’s Your opinion?


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Exercise Ettiquette?
Hosinator 8:44 pm 20 Jan 11

Cordelia said :

Hosinator said :

And yes I do have a bell on my bike that I use incessantly.

Yeah well then I look forward to scaring you next time you ride across a pedestrian crossing!

Would you prefer that I ride past you at speed without sounding a warning, so it scares the crap out of you?

If so stay in your car and please don’t use the paths around LBG.

jsm2090 5:56 pm 20 Jan 11

Perhaps some signage/lane markings to remind people that there are still rules on this path. Seems to do the job in Europe and Canada on exercise trails….

Cordelia 5:55 pm 20 Jan 11

Hosinator said :

And yes I do have a bell on my bike that I use incessantly.

Yeah well then I look forward to scaring you next time you ride across a pedestrian crossing!

Erg0 5:20 pm 20 Jan 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Erg0 said :

Don’t walk two abreast unless you’ve got your head on a swivel or there’s room for people to get past. Pretty simple, but apparently still too hard for some.

See, this would be better practice for cyclists to follow on the road, too, but if you try and suggest that it might be safer for all concerned if cyclists rode in single file on the road you get told you’re an axe wielding arsehole motorist.

So it’s nice to see the comment being made from the other side of the fence for a change. 😉

Hate to burst your bubble, but I’m not a cyclist so I’m probably on the same side of the fence as you. I do agree with you, though.

Hosinator 5:00 pm 20 Jan 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Erg0 said :

Don’t walk two abreast unless you’ve got your head on a swivel or there’s room for people to get past. Pretty simple, but apparently still too hard for some.

See, this would be better practice for cyclists to follow on the road, too, but if you try and suggest that it might be safer for all concerned if cyclists rode in single file on the road you get told you’re an axe wielding arsehole motorist.
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HC, as a cyclist and a car commuter I cringe every time I see two or more cyclists taking up road space.
I agree, single file is best for their image and acceptance in the eyes of car commuters.

The longer cyclists annoy car commuters the more the relationship between these two road users degenerates until one day we potentially see a road rage incident that could end in tragedy.

la mente torbida 4:54 pm 20 Jan 11

While we’re on the topic, a small wave from the walker lets the cyclist know the bell has been heard.

las 4:25 pm 20 Jan 11

walk four abreast, talk extremely loudly to your no-hoper friend while allowing your 5 year old kid to meander across the path taking people out. Seems to work for most people.

Dante 4:18 pm 20 Jan 11

Keep left.

Cyclists have to give way to pedestrians in front of them though. A bell is a nice warning that you’re coming past, but don’t expect pedestrians to move for you… the same way you wouldn’t expect a motor vehicle in front of you to give way to you.

Holden Caulfield 4:10 pm 20 Jan 11

Erg0 said :

Don’t walk two abreast unless you’ve got your head on a swivel or there’s room for people to get past. Pretty simple, but apparently still too hard for some.

See, this would be better practice for cyclists to follow on the road, too, but if you try and suggest that it might be safer for all concerned if cyclists rode in single file on the road you get told you’re an axe wielding arsehole motorist.

So it’s nice to see the comment being made from the other side of the fence for a change. 😉

As for LBG, keep left. Common sense should dictate that. Alas, I can see why there is a reason for the OP to ask the question, haha. Not having a go at the OP, just the seemingly countless people who lack common sense.

KB1971 4:00 pm 20 Jan 11

Genie said :

Keep left.

And if your a cyclist please ding when approaching instead of shouting abuse as you pass.

Well dont wander around like a rabid chook……..

Look over your shoulder if you are going to change direction across the path just like you would if you are crossing the road. Its not that hard but is a skill that seems lost on most pedestrians.

jase! 3:39 pm 20 Jan 11

i have to admit i don’t use a bell any more, most bells can’t get past the noise of the ipods walkers listen to, a loudly yelled “passing right” seems to cut through the noise much better

Erg0 3:18 pm 20 Jan 11

Keep left and don’t move across for people who are on the wrong side. They’ll figure it out eventually. Don’t walk two abreast unless you’ve got your head on a swivel or there’s room for people to get past. Pretty simple, but apparently still too hard for some.

Could be that the people walking/running on the right are New Zealanders, a lot of paths in Auckland put cyclists on one side and foot traffic on the other, regardless of direction. I was the gumby walking on the wrong side half the time until a cyclist politely (ahem) informed me of the rules.

Hosinator 3:11 pm 20 Jan 11

And yes I do have a bell on my bike that I use incessantly.

Hosinator 3:08 pm 20 Jan 11

I ride around the lake and I treat the rules the same as the road. Two directions of traffic, keep to the left and overtake on the right.

So for those fat arsed women out there who walk on both sides of the path in one direction nattering on about their Gen Y drop kicks…KEEP LEFT!

Genie 3:00 pm 20 Jan 11

Keep left.

And if your a cyclist please ding when approaching instead of shouting abuse as you pass.

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