R says, ****ing bicyles should be banned. Our views are framed by our experiences. They annoy him because in the quiet little street where we live, there are a lot of cyclists passing. I have learnt that if there is a cyclist on the left of you, you can turn left, so long as they don't have to brake and avoid you. Otherwise, just slow down, slot in behind them and let them go first.
R's view is also framed by an encounter with a very nice looking guy who called out 'careful' just before he almost ploughed into us as we walked along the Southbank. R got a serious fright as did I once when I walked around a corner into a main street and was nearly cleaned up by a cyclist at high speed on a busy footpath.
They were bad boys and need to be severly spanked. I do appreciate that cyclists put up with a lot from motorists, but it isn't right that they can pose such a threat to pedestrians on shared paths.
I don't cycle now, but I have in the past and may in the future.
What really alarms me is when I am on a shared footpath and a bike comes up behind me and goes past at a fair speed. Maybe there is some possum shit on the path in front of me and I will step to the side just as the bike is about to go past. Bang. Sometimes you can hear them coming, but not always. I don't expect them to ride along ringing their bells constantly. Once, just once, a cyclist came up behind me and there was just a dull click from some device on his bike, maybe a dampened bell or similar. It wasn't loud, but enough to let me know of his approach.
I thought this was a great idea and I wish more would do it.