Cyclists on pavement

(290 Posts)
Rentergob89 Wed 21-Sep-16 17:23:19

So this week a lady has been riding her bike on the pavement whilst children and their parents are attempting to walk in the opposite direction. She does not stop for anyone and yesterday had knocked a small child over grumbled something and carried on riding her bike on the pavement. Today I could see her coming towards me so I stopped where I was and refused to move for her. She stopped and said I was an inconvenience and I should move my fat a### out the way. I replied " you should not be riding your bike on the pavement you should be in the road" she then rode off swearing and shoving her two fingers up at me. Charming!! Two other mothers witnessed this and said thank you to me for saying something another however said I was in the wrong for not moving out of the way for her.
The pavement gets really busy after school as its the only way children and parents can walk to either their cars or the bus stop. All I am concerned about is the safety of the children but she seems to only care about herself. Was I in the wrong??

HerFaceIsAMapOfTheWorld Wed 21-Sep-16 17:28:46

lol she is funny, I wouldn't of moved either Op

WheelofPan Wed 21-Sep-16 17:31:56

You know you weren't in the wrong.
But then it's usually any excuse to start a bike bashing thread round here.

LineyReborn Wed 21-Sep-16 17:32:24

I don't mind children cycling on the pavement but adults fuck me off when they expect you to jump out of their way because they're going at 20mph. They're dangerous.

FullTimeYummy Wed 21-Sep-16 17:33:57

For me it would depend on how you approached it, by the sounds of it the lady might just dig her heels in further now.

If you yourself are not sure, and the two eye witnesses said you were wrong, then......

DartmoorDoughnut Wed 21-Sep-16 17:34:25

I thought you were only allowed to ride on the pavement if you were <12? Totally could be a lie my parents told me though!

Next time I'd put a stick through her wheel .. Ok I wouldn't but I'd want to!

WheelofPan Wed 21-Sep-16 17:36:48

Riding on pavements is disgressionary to the local police. Someone will probs point to the HC on this but in reality it's open to a copper's interpretation of what's reasonable i.e. children usually.

Has there been no reaction to her knocking a child over? That happened by were I live and I know the Police went out to the riders house.

She should get off the bike and walk past the busy school bit.

witsender Wed 21-Sep-16 17:39:41

Tbh it depends on the road. If it is shoddy or crazy busy I would always try to accommodate a cyclist, it takes 2 secs out of my day to let them past. This particular one sounds like a liability however.

BikeRunSki Wed 21-Sep-16 17:40:47

I think you might live near me OP, we have a very similar situation.

lionheart Wed 21-Sep-16 17:40:52

An awful lot of adults ride on the pavement as a default now.

Rentergob89 Wed 21-Sep-16 17:43:00

Two witnesses thanked me for saying something . Another lady said I was wrong that's what has made me question myself. I was not rude in any way just refused to move out of her way. I'm sure if you are travelling with children the pavement is acceptable but she has been alone on every occasion.

Underbeneathsies Wed 21-Sep-16 17:43:36

A stick in her spokes would soften her cough.

AnotherGreenDot Wed 21-Sep-16 17:43:41

Well done for standing up to her. She sounds like a bully. Cycling on the pavement is illegal, definitely for adults anyway. I'm too cowardly to confront pavement cyclists though, because I know that if they're antisocial enough to cycle on pavements then they will probably give you a mouthful of abuse if you dare to challenge them.

Mrsemcgregor Wed 21-Sep-16 17:44:38

I have a trailer on the back of my bike which my 3 yr old rides in. I ride on quiet roads with him but I am afraid if I feel the road is too fast or busy or risky at all I will ride on the pavement. however I always get off and walk the bike past pedestrians. I always cycle on the road or a cycle path when it is just me.

WheelofPan Wed 21-Sep-16 17:44:58

stick in the spokes? You mean encouraging assaulting as a peice of advice?

LineyReborn Wed 21-Sep-16 17:45:11

We have a school crossing patrol lady who cycles on the pavement by the school. Bizarre.

Any adult who cycled into a small child round here would have their bike posted up their arse, tbh.

WheelofPan Wed 21-Sep-16 17:46:31

yeah I ride a bit on commute where it is hazardous to ride. IF I come across a ped then they have the right of way or Iget off and walk a bit.

Woman sounds like a nightmare but NARALT.

bike

WheelofPan Wed 21-Sep-16 17:47:22

"Ride on the pavement a bit.."

FrancisCrawford Wed 21-Sep-16 17:48:13

It's just so rude to do that. Pavements are for pedestrians. If you don't want to ride on the road, then get off your bike and wheel it.

Im a former cyclist who had a bad accident after a pedestrian stepped out straight in front of me - she was fine, I was blue lighted to hospital. I've been too scared to cycle since

Just yesterday I was crossing at a crossing on a busy road. Green man came on, I stepped off the pavement onto the crossing a guy came pelting rounded the corner on his bike. He did miss me, but on,y because I instinctively put my arms out in front of me and actually made contact with him. He went berserk and started shouting and chasing me!

Rentergob89 Wed 21-Sep-16 17:55:24

Thanks for replies. There is a big enough road which is quiet maybe 2 or 3 cars parked so plenty of room for her on the road.

SnookieSnooks Wed 21-Sep-16 17:55:33

Well it sounds like this particular cyclist was breaking the law and generally a bit thick and unreasonable. Shame on her!However..... Let's not bash cyclists.... I saw a post (on another site) about how somebody had seen a cyclist go through the red lights and then another one did some other stupid/inconsiderate/illegal thing. There is a lot of stuff in the media about cyclists who behave badly but believe me this type of behaviour is not restricted to cyclists and in fact most cyclists are courteous people just like you and me. You get people who don't know how to behave in all walks of life - and you might come across them driving a car, shopping, cycling.... Or doing any other activity under the sun. As a cyclist I've had cars knock me off my bike, overtake me on blind bends, overtake and then immediately turn left (making me nearly slam into the side of their cars). As a shopper, I've seen people hit their kids, pickpocket and shoplift..... Etc etc

Most cyclists, most drivers and most shoppers do the decent thing..... As do most people in general. Unfortunately every time a cyclist does something stupid, it is all over social media.

Sorry, i'm probably going off at a tangent but as you can tell, I feel strongly.

U2HasTheEdge Wed 21-Sep-16 18:00:17

I cycle on a path on the way to work for a very short time. I don't feel safe enough to ride on that road. However, I get off and walk past people, I never cycle past them.

I hate cyclists who do that to me.

LineyReborn Wed 21-Sep-16 18:38:28

I know most cyclists are ok. I'm one of them. smile

Adult cyclists on pavements knocking over children are wankers.

TiggyD Wed 21-Sep-16 18:51:58

People who do stupid things are stupid.

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