Helmet Discussion Hijack!!!
Notwithstanding that, 86.3% of all statistics are made up on the spot anyway.
but only 76.85% of people think this ;)
58.4% of the time ;o
Getting BACK ON TOPIC....
Here is the C&L handbook link - see page 16-18 for the 'answers' .... no mention of speed - but eg due care is stated.
Certainly that publication dose offer rules for cyclists.
But what about rules for pedestrians?
While it is reasonable for cyclists to exercise due care.
Should pedestians be expected to behave in a certain manor?
Such as keep to the left.
Not obstruct the path.
Keep alert for other path users.
Users under 5 should be supervised.
it is unfortunate, but i'd had to use my bell going both ways. Ipods, people on the phone, people in groups. I think a lot of them don't realise that others actually use the path. Most pedestrians acknowledge when they have heard me, which is a good sign.
It's pretty obvious that there are potential legal issues that could arise should accidents occur on shared paths, so my guess is that the councils keep signage to a minimum for this reason.It seems the signs are there more for guidance rather than as a rule.
For example, there are signs like this, and the odd arrow and painted line, but there's no wording stating "keep left". I think that would make things clearer for all; most pedestrians seem to think the painted line is there so they don't have to drop breadcrumbs to find their way back home! Cyclists can be just as bad, often riding 2 or more abreast.
I'm sure up my end i've seen a few more, i'll take some pics next time i'm out.
Attended a conference where Dennis Puniard (National Institute for Sport Studies, University of Canberra, ACT) presented 'Maps for cyclists in the online world: Who uses online maps and websites, and what content are they looking for?'
A photo included a good large detailed signs in ACT for cycle tourists. Words like . . . cyclists: share the path, keep left, sound your bell. Pedestrians: do not block the path, keep your dog under control.
I emailed Dennis seeking sign image but no reply. Would appreciate if an AC member can provide a photo. Would like to encourage Adelaide authorities to install better signage.
Rule #1: do not hit anything
Rule #2: do not act unpredictably
Rule #3: share the path in a manner that means you can obey Rule #1
Rule #4: pedestrians of all ages, and dogs, WILL NOT obey Rule #2
Rule #5: extra signage will make no difference to people's behaviour, it will just clutter up the environment.
Rule #6 :-)
Rule #5 Impacts on rule#1, and in the process of applying rule #1, you may break rule #2 while maintaining balance.
chuckle… just goes to show, too many rules can be a bad thing.