the copenhagen bike lanes are worse than regular bike lanes when it comes to pedestrian traffic!!!
i ride from lincoln square to lonsdale in one every morning before 7am and i still get people standing in them.
one morning there were a heap of tourists standing around their mini bus and on the footpath with their bags. i slowed as i approached them as there was a guy standing in the bikelane smoking a cigarette. as i approached i did a bit of a skid to make some noise and he looked up at me, took a drag on his cigarette, stood there then turned to his mate on the footpath and continued talking.
i rolled up to him and stopped right infront of him. he still didnt move. i said something along the lines of ‘you’re in the bike lane you dumb c*nt, get the fuck out of the way!’
he looked at me for a few seconds then finally moved, looking at me like i was putting him out by making him move out of the bike lane.
i feel safer riding in traffic than down the copenhagen lanes. cars are more predictable than pedestrians.
Reminds me of an incident where Mr “Don’t tell me how to ride a bike” passed me at speed, on the left, just as I was starting off after a pedestrian crossing turned green. Pedestrian crossings, remember them? All of a sudden it seems like actually stopping for them is the exception, not the rule - but that wasn’t the problem - it was this moon unit zapping past me on the left, over the cobbled gutter, just as I was shifting my weight to start pedalling again. If I had stuck my left leg out any further and he’d collided with it, at the speed he was going, we’d have both been pretty fucked up.
I reckon if these tales of exasperation and near-injury/death were all put in the same place, it’d look … interesting. And at least it would show that not all of us ride like morons. It’d also be a good place to ‘shit list’ cyclists who ride:
a) no hands, reading a book
b) yakking on mobile
c) no lights
d) no helmet
e) combinations of the above.
No I haven’t seen someone reading/ipod/no helmet/no lights - yet - but on Brunswick St I know it’s only a matter of time (0_o)
(ipod/headphones left off the list - I use an mp3 player sometimes, with the volume low - but I do wonder sometimes when I see someone zipping along with no helmet, but with fancy DJ style cans on… priorities, kids!)
today i saw this pedestrian about to walk out in front of me from behind a truck - I saw his legs flashing between the wheels, so i slowed a bit - he peeked around the corner, tipped his hat to me and waved me through - awesome. I was virtually stopped so I had a chance to smile and say honestly - thanks!
To the rad girl who rocked up at the lights on Smith and Alexandra Pde. with a slick black frame running silver drops a foot brake only! I’d had a loooooong day and seeing a cool single speed made it all better!