I had the wierdest experience this morning 7am - doing a 30 min run before work and returning down Cross Roads (reasonable bike lane, but traffic doing 60km on my right). Woman jogging in the bike lane same direction as traffic with big earphones on, and on the mobile at the same time.
I suppose I could have run into her, but gave her an earful instead! Perfectly good and wider footpaths for joggers, why use the bike lane???
What an idiot!
An ounce of image is worth a pound of performance.
What use is all that jogging gear and sound systems etc. if you can't be noticed, which you wouldn't be if you ran on the footpath.
For a while joggers and walkers would use my bikedirect bicycle lane at night, without lights of course. It was before I bought an expensive bright helmet light. One night I came close to hitting 2 walkers, seeing them at the last minute as they reached the brow of a slight rise and I could see their shadowy outlines. Of course I yelled advice but they remained unaware.
At times I see illegal motorised wheelchairs (called scooters as PR exercise) in bicycle lanes, and worse when they are on the wrong side of the road when cyclist cannot slow down to a snail pace to overtake when safe.
I do not comprehend why some pedestrians seek to be closer to potentially hazardous traffic.
Perhaps it was an unsuccessful suicide attempt?
Reminds me of the day I was riding west on Cross Road and encountered a male jogger running against traffic in the bike lane towards me in the bike lane - sans earphones. Refused to use the footpath, I was forced to swerve suddenly around him at the last second and hope to hell there was a gap in traffic to accomodate me... I thought that took the cake until I encountered a similar thing one day with a jogger pushing a pram with a baby in it - in a bike lane, against traffic on a busy road. Arrogant, if anything.
I saw a jogger pushing a pram with white bar tape. Totally pro....
I'm inclined to agree with Darren. Why the jogger would want to run in the bike lane is a bit odd but if that is there choice then as a cyclist we should give way to pedestrians. What would you do if you encountered a slower cyclist, look over your shoulder and ride past, why not just do the same with the jogger, it ain't that hard.
I have a theory that kids are safer on the road than riding on the footpath in many cases, less chance of being hit by cars reversing out of driveways, less chance of coming across dog walkers and other pedestrians, maybe this the jogger feels the same way.
Well said, couldn't agree more..
As a jogger myself (as well as a cyclist), I wonder if she was just preparing to cross the road? I occassionally run in the bike lane or on the side of the road while I wait for a break in the traffic. I don't blame her for running with headphones - that's awesome! In fact, I don't see too many joggers without headphones.