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Updated on Tuesday, September 9

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OMG: Dear pedestrians, Please pick a side of the path! Sincerely, The cyclists Ps. We brought our bikes on purpose so that we could go fast than a walking pace

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  1. As a cyclist myself... USE THE FUCKING ROADS! SIDEWALKS ARE FOR PEDESTRIANS ONLY!

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    1. They are sideWALKS not side rides.

      Also from a cyclist.

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  2. As a driver, pedestrians GET ON THE FUCKING SIDEWALK AND LOOK BEFORE YOU CROSS

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    1. Please please please look before you cross Ring Rd.

      Please.

      I REALLY don't want to run over anybody.

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  3. You shouldn't be going faster than walking pace on the sidewalks anyway, because it's dangerous. That's what roads were made for.

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    1. People run on sidewalks too. I think it's reasonable for cyclists to go up to a running pace. Road bikes should stay on the road.

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    2. Yeah, but runners can stop and change directions at a much much higher rate than bicycles....

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    3. That's why I said UP TO the pace of running. Not faster than that.

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    4. That's why I said UP TO the pace of running. Not faster than that.

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    5. @3c: No one bikes at that speed. You'd feel like you're going at the pace of a snail.

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    6. @3e.

      I can easily bike at that speed when I need to, such as when traversing a pathway to get to a bike rack.

      If you are moving your bike a long enough distance to make 5-10 km/h a hindrance the chances are just popping onto ring road and speeding up would be faster in the first place.

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  4. As a pedestrian, I would like all pedestrians to pick the right side of the path, which is the right side of the path. This is a convention that improves traffic flow. While I don't want to go faster than A walking pace, I often want to go faster than YOUR walking pace.

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    1. +1 Also when groups of friends walk side by side blocking the entire path. At least check behind you occasionally.

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  5. As a pedestrian, I don't mind cyclists on the sidewalk as long as they as they're being cautious and slowing down when passing pedestrians.
    The idea of a cyclist getting hit by a car freaks me out way more than a cyclist bumping into a pedestrian. I don't drive or cycle.

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  6. oh the shitstorm..

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  7. >Fall 2014
    >Assuming that there is space on sidewalks for cyclists

    Ha

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  8. As a pedestrian, I'm always amazed how these kids who got into university can't even understand the basics of being a pedestrian.

    The number of you I've seen use Ring Road as a sidewalk is terrible. Get off your fucking phone if you're crossing the street, I've seen 3 people literally almost step infront of a car and get hit.

    If you don't want to use the crosswalks at NH and QNC (this also applies for crossing anywhere) LOOK to see if there are vehicles coming and ONLY cross if you know you won't cause them to slow down.

    Just because you step out onto the road doesn't give you some immediate priviledge.

    Smarten up, we've already had 3 UW students killed since August. We don't need someone to be flattened by a bus!

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    1. actually, you do get some privilege if you step onto the road

      you specifically are welcome to challenge me with your car when i step onto the road

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    2. Actually vehicles like buses physically cannot slow down in time and you'll actually get hit. Why would you want to make a challenge with your life like that?

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  9. Use the road, and for fucks sake use lights at night. I nearly ran over a cyclist at night who had no lights, dressed in black, and drove on the sidewalk.

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    1. Don't get me started on the ones who are listening to music while biking. Of course we can't tell if they're listening on full blast or not but at least have the volume at a low level so you can hear incoming vehicles from behind.

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    2. Ninja Cyclists, they are the worst.

      We were even giving out lights on Tuesday to help counter this.

      As a cyclist I hate them as well, there is nothing like having a nearly invisible and erratic blur appear out of nowhere, often going the wrong way as well.

      @9.a: I would never do it, but there were some studies on the subject and essentially a cyclist with earbuds in can still hear more than a car with its windows up. That being said I don't recommend giving up that advantage.

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  10. Cyclists can not ask pedestrians to move from the sidewalk or move over. If you are a cyclist and you want to ride on the sidewalk, find your own way around pedestrians without bothering them. Otherwise ride in the road.

    Cyclists don't get hit by cars just biking in the bike paths. That is so rare. They get hit by cars at intersections. Sometimes it is the cyclist's fault because they are illegally flying across the crosswalk where cars anticipate pedestrians walking at 5km an hour not a 15-40 km/h VEHICLE because that is what anything with wheels is classified as.

    If you are a smart cyclists you are likely to be safe unless some drunk idiot runs you over. But don't fuck up the statistics just to excuse yourself form riding on sidewalks. Where a helmet, where bright colours at night and have a light or reflectors. Stop at intersections. Look both ways. Do not break the rules. Do not fly past pedestrians and expect them to yield to you.

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  11. Maybe pedestrians should make a post about cyclists instead...

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