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Footpath stoush with cyclist

By JazzyJess - 27 March 2012 79

I was walking along a footpath in Ainslie this morning (Wise Street) and a cyclist coming up behind me shouted at me to get out of her way. I was a bit startled and jumped onto the grass verge when it occurred to me that I had right of way.

As she rode past me I shouted that she should be riding on the road and not the footpath.

She yelled back that she was allowed to and that I needed to learn the rules. I checked the TAMS website and cyclists are indeed permitted on footpaths but they must give way to pedestrians: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/move/cycling/cycling_and_walking_map/road_rules.

What do people think? Was she out of line? Am I being a princess?

Note that I have nothing against cyclists but feel it would have been easier for her to go around me (on the verge) than expect me to move.

What’s Your opinion?


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Footpath stoush with cyclist
G-Fresh 11:43 am 27 Mar 12

buzz819 said :

SHARE PEOPLE! There is plenty of room for everyone!

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no
*There is only room for ME
ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME
NO INDICATING!

JazzyJess 11:43 am 27 Mar 12

Point taken, I definitely over-reacted and will graciously move aside next time. As several people have asked I can assure you she really did yell “get out of the way” but I shouldn’t have yelled back and escalated the situation.

johnboy 11:39 am 27 Mar 12

As a cyclist and pedestrian if I see someone coming I’m happy to step off the path to make life easier for everyone.

but that’s a choice I make.

buzz819 11:34 am 27 Mar 12

When she shouted at you did she say “Get out of the way!” or did she say “Excuse me!”

I think you are a princess, you were in the wrong about the rules, and I think it is about time people get over this whole fascination of thinking that because they are doing something different to other people then they are in the right.

Fark. Pedestrians, bikes, dogs and horses can walk and ride anywhere, cars are only allowed on the road.

SHARE PEOPLE! There is plenty of room for everyone!

For the OP, if this is the worst thing that has happened to you and you think it is worth complaining about, you have the best life ever!

thy_dungeonman 11:32 am 27 Mar 12

“Note that I have nothing against cyclists but feel it would have been easier for her to go around me (on the verge) than expect me to move.”

Not to excuse her rude behavior in this case but I think you are wrong here if a pedestrian can see bicycle all they have to take one step to the side whereas a bike has to veer off over rough terrain for a long stretch. I find it particularly annoying when pedestrians at intersections take up all the space around the gutter lip (which they don’t need to cross since they don’t have wheels) and then stare at you because you are riding so close to them but only so you don’t hit the curb. It’s not just cyclists but people with wheelchairs and strollers who need this space whereas pedestrians can simply take one step up the curb with no trouble and it saves them getting run over by a bike.

dungfungus 11:31 am 27 Mar 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Don’t reckon it’s a big deal. The cyclist lady probably just needs to get laid.

Sadly, it’s a rare day where one doesn’t encounter at least one unreasonable prick.

Best comment for a long time

G-Fresh 11:30 am 27 Mar 12

probably a VEGAN

mouldy 11:26 am 27 Mar 12

Dilandach said :

They are indeed supposed to give way but seldom do.

A comment that could be applied to the majority of Canberra road or path users regardless of their mode of transport.

carnardly 11:25 am 27 Mar 12

she was out of line. and you said the wrong thing. at least you’ll know next time. just keep walking and let the next cyclist get around you.

Saintly 11:22 am 27 Mar 12

I will be interested in others opinions as I was once walking around Mt Rogers (dirt track used by many pedestrians and cyclists). While tentatively walking down one of the narrow turreted sections, used to get to and from the main wider paths, I met a mountain bike rider coming up the same section. I was keeping to the left of the narrow path and he demanded I move to the right as he did not want to damage his bike on the uneven part. I can’t remember my reply (it was a while ago now) but I was surprised that a mountain bike rider did not want to use his bike for what it was intended and expected me to walk in the uneven section for his bikes sake.
I enjoy both riding and walking but find some people only think of their own interests and do not think sharing is something they have to think about.

nescius 11:22 am 27 Mar 12

Here we go again…

It was kind of her to alert you to her prescence, it was unkind of her to demand that you get out of the way (is that how it really happened?), it was nice of you to move off the path. The edges of paths can be treacherous for cyclists, especially those who aren’t very competent, so just leaving the path and getting back on may not be as trivial as it sounds and I’d suggest that if she was riding on the footpath then she wasn’t particularly confident with her skill level. Is moving out of the way that big a deal? It never bothers me but maybe I’m just a relaxed kind of guy.

Sometimes it sounds like a cyclist is angry when really all they want is to make sure you have heard them, don’t be too precious about it.

Dilandach 11:14 am 27 Mar 12

They are indeed supposed to give way but seldom do.

Rollersk8r 11:10 am 27 Mar 12

You’ve answered your own question. Moving right along, nothing to see here.

Holden Caulfield 11:06 am 27 Mar 12

Don’t reckon it’s a big deal. The cyclist lady probably just needs to get laid.

Sadly, it’s a rare day where one doesn’t encounter at least one unreasonable prick.

Rawhide Kid Part3 11:03 am 27 Mar 12

Ho Hum……. Here we go again. Pushbikes, pedestrians, cars, roads and paths.

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