Something that bothers me a bit.
Just today a grown man was cycling behind me on the footpath and was ringing his bell to get me move out of his way.
this is from Citizen's information: (basically it's illegal but you can't be fined for it)
Since 2015 the laws governing cycling have been regulated into specific fixed charge offences. Gardaí have the power to stop and fine a cyclist if they commit a fixed charge offence. Cycling on a footpath is not a fixed charge offence. However other laws do include it as an offence.
What is the AH opinion on this? Is it something that pedestrians should tolerate as it's for the "greater good" or should you clothes-line footpath cyclists off the bike?
Did you get out of his way?
Would you not have just let him past and got on with your day?
There may be various reasons why a cyclist needs to cycle on the path and not on the road.
I'm also very tolerant of children cycling on paths for safety.
But I don't think that it is right that a cyclist would ring their bell at a pedestrian and expect them to move out of their way.
Do you wear a 👨🌾 OP? Could have been gone 🙇♂️💨
This kind of posting should be banned.
You have pedestrians on the roads. Cars and vans in cycle lanes. Bikes on the footpaths. It’s a big free-for-all. Wouldn’t surprise me to see an aeroplane in a harbour. Trains are the only ones who keep to where they should be.
Why's that then KV? You jelly?
Some cycle lanes merge onto the path or are even drawn onto them.
Some places traffic forces you onto the path as cars make it very difficult for you to change lanes for certain turns such as at the eastlink bridge.
Not ideal cycling on the path for speed so probably a good reason for it.
Here you go - not a harbour, but a beach. 😃
No, just more intelligent.
Ya think? Do well to remember where you are
- who you're talking to. 🤫 See you 'round..
Same thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago, but it was a teenage boy who rang his bell for me to get out of his way. I did move aside (by standing on the edge of the footpath) but I thought he had a cheek. I accept it can be safer to cycle on the footpath than the road in a lot of places but a FOOTpath is primarily for pedestrians so a cyclist should wait behind slower moving pedestrians (or dismount) till there's room to pass safely. Where I was walking, the footpath becomes much wider about 500 yards further on.
How bout we do away with footpaths and cycle lanes and just let everyone go for it ?
Maybe let people use chariots like the ones used in Ben Hur.
OP were you on a footpath for both cyclists and pedestrians? I know some of these two-way paths are skinner than a pencil and the picture of a bike on the path has been worn away.
For me, once the cyclist is mannerly and cycling in a normal manner, a little tinkle of the bell to effectively ask if he/she can cycle by is ok.
On a main road where I walk regularly I find cyclists of all ages ,male and female, insist on cycling on the footpath although there is a perfectly demarcated cycle path running alongside. I find this kind of carry-on most annoying and hard to understand.
I cycle a lot with my 10 and 12 year olds in a busy part of Dublin, around malahide rd where there are lots of disappearing cycle lanes and buses and trucks flying around. So we use the footpaths lots - I stay on the road where possible.. and try to be respectful to pedestrians, thanking them etc when they give us space. The kids frequently use their bells to alert pedestrians that they are behind them.. it’s not a ‘get out of the way’ ring, it’s just to let pedestrians know they are behind them...big problem can be pedestrians with headphones on and oblivious to what’s happening around them. We also encounter irate and rude people from time to time who would apparently prefer children to cycle on unsafe roads than share a very wide footpath. There is one stretch with a very narrow footpath so we usually take a longer way home thru an estate to avoid cycling on that part of the path but on wide footpaths there should be no issue. We all need to share space and try to be tolerant.. big picture is that cycling reduces cars on road, much better for environment and I’m teaching my kids valuable life skill. Bell ringing is really a normal and safe feature of cycling and cyclists should be encouraged to use their bells as they do in European cities with cycle culture..Amsterdam, Copenhagen etc
And the answer should be "no, wait for a safe passing space"
Don't mind kids cycling on footpaths, adults should be on the road
I had some old boot ringing her bell behind me on a narrow footpath while I was out walking the dog, I pointed to the cycle lane right beside the footpath and told her she could cycle on that, "I'm not wearing a helmet" she goes, neither am I so get off the fcuking footpath
And then you have the Green Party gomaloons who whine on about roads being unsafe for their kids like that's a pedestrians problem. Then don't put little Molly on Toby on bikes, Eamonn.
Cyclists basically think the whole city is a cycle path as a reward for them being planet savers on two wheels.
Cyclists can do no wrong.
This is the rule.
If the path was not intended to be shared with cyclists then no, the pedestrian should not be expected to give way to the cyclist.
However, from my experience, cyclists are preferring to use footpaths over roads, perhaps because of safety concerns. And, more often than not will overtake without alerting the unwitting pedestrian.
Between cyclist, pooping dogs and electric scooters our footpaths have become more hazardous in the last year or two.
Same happened to me. Elderly man on a bike rang his bell, I turned around, acknowledged him, walked to the side and he cycled by with a friendly wave. Thankfully I survived the incident and didn't need therapy or post various articles on boards.ie.
Somehow I think this post might be a work of fiction
Mod - knock it off the pair of you.
Pretend to step out of the way and accidentally clothesline them off the bike. They won’t do it again.
That lot are always looking for courtesy but wouldn’t know the meaning of it from their end.
I hope you try it- don’t go crying when you have their group come up and looking to cave your head in . Those sharp multi tools can come remarkably handy
Waiting for: but but motorists...
What did you do OP? personally, I have no issues with cyclists on footpaths - I understand the reasons they do it. You can just be mature and move out of the way, but this is Ireland after all - we seem to make the biggest drama out of the smallest things.
I'd have been letting them past UNTIL the bell rang, that'd be a no then.