Why don't you use the right path?

Why don't you use the right path?

Why don't you use the right path?

First published in Letters

I FIND it hard to grasp the mentality of the occasional mature aged male cyclists who use the pedestrian footpath along the A556 at Davenham.

There is a perfectly good cycle-path provided for them allowing a four foot wide buffer zone of grass on either side to keep them safe from the road.

It also keeps them well away from any legitimate users of the footpath.

Stupid, mentally confused or just plain selfish?

Peter Friston Leftwich

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10:37am Fri 25 Apr 14

Dandycock says...

Confused probably! Its a stupid system and as pedestrians we walk along the cycle part because the pedestrian bit is to narrow to allow you to walk in anything other than single file - which is ridiculous. Common sense clearly doesn't exist.
Confused probably! Its a stupid system and as pedestrians we walk along the cycle part because the pedestrian bit is to narrow to allow you to walk in anything other than single file - which is ridiculous. Common sense clearly doesn't exist. Dandycock
  • Score: 1

3:24pm Fri 25 Apr 14

northwich_cyclist says...

As a mature aged male cyclists who regularly uses the A556 cycle path, I guess I can answer this.

There are a lot of factors that influence a cyclist's choice of path. Signage, quality of the surface, existing traffic on the paths, accessibility of entry and exit points, fear of road traffic, and weather all play a part, as do inexperience, ignorance and laziness. I often encounter pedestrians using the 'wrong' path for very much the same reasons.

My approach, both when walking and when on the bike, is to live and let live. We are all relatively slow, and can adapt to work with other path users much more easily than we can dodge cars.
As a mature aged male cyclists who regularly uses the A556 cycle path, I guess I can answer this. There are a lot of factors that influence a cyclist's choice of path. Signage, quality of the surface, existing traffic on the paths, accessibility of entry and exit points, fear of road traffic, and weather all play a part, as do inexperience, ignorance and laziness. I often encounter pedestrians using the 'wrong' path for very much the same reasons. My approach, both when walking and when on the bike, is to live and let live. We are all relatively slow, and can adapt to work with other path users much more easily than we can dodge cars. northwich_cyclist
  • Score: 7

1:50pm Thu 1 May 14

jimjamhartford says...

Typical cyclists, above the law. If you can't afford a car then walk or get the bus.
Typical cyclists, above the law. If you can't afford a car then walk or get the bus. jimjamhartford
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