Cycling in Sydney Australia
I've been holding my tongue about this for a while, but I'd be curious to know what everyone's opinion is about this... and whether I'm being entirely unreasonable. Are there no bike path rules? Is it every cyclist for him/herself? This may be an inarticulate rant...
My understanding of bike paths is that they should follow similar rules to that of the road. Keep left, keep to within your lane, give way in the usual road rule way.
I ride every day on bike paths and roads, and here are a few close calls I've had in the past week on my local bike path:
1: A group of about 20+ "older" cyclists who took up both lanes of the cycle path and didn't seem to heed blind corners so that oncoming cyclists had to slam on the brakes in order to avoid a head on with 10 senior citizens on the wrong side of path. Why? Why so careless? - Location: The velodrome style bit of path past the brighton fishos bridge where the weeping willows weep over the path on the bend there. It always seems to happen there. Why? Why?
2: Cutting corners on blind corners. I ended up on the grass the other day because someone cut the corner on a blind-ish curve and ended up coming into my lane. Really? Why? Why be so reckless? - Location: This was under the road bridge coming out onto the main drag to the airport where the bike path is the footpath - I was heading toward the very dark overpass bridge and the person was coming out from under the bridge in my lane!
3: Riding two abreast with one person in the oncoming lane: Why? Why? I had to just stop on a dime today because I realised this idiot woman was going to keep going in my lane towards me alongside her friend and hit me head on. Why? Why? - Location: this was down just near dolls point where the speed bumps are and there's a bike path next to the pedestrian path.