Q&A - Cyclists, Pedestrians and Pathways
For years I've thought about sending this question to you. This is regarding the issue of "walk on left, ride on right". I have always understood that on any road/path with no sidewalk that is shared by pedestrians and vehicles (including bicycles), the pedestrians should keep to the left facing traffic, and the vehicles keep to the right.
I checked with colleagues at work, ranging in age from 20 something to 60 something - they all agreed. However, I can't tell you how often I have been verbally abused and run off the path/road as a pedestrian sticking to the left. I am told I am on the wrong side!
On 3 occasions bicycles have intentionally nearly hit me to make their point that I was on the wrong side! I have a friend who reports similar incidents. Please, please, please can we have articles, campaigns, whatever it takes to re-educate people about safe walking and riding!