Before I recount today's little gem, I feel I need to point out that I have more problems with pedestrians than cars!
Anyway, where I live (Hampshire, UK) there are a lot of cycle lanes which are either (a) on the road, at the side of the road (I like these) or (b) on the pavement ("sidewalk" if you are from the US). Those that are on the pavement are clearly marked with big round blue signs at regular intervals showing a picture of a bicycle in white. In addition, they paint bloody great pictures of bicycles at regular intervals in road marker paint actually on the pavement. In other words, it is very very clear to a pedestrian that cyclists are allowed on that particular stretch of pavement.
Now to today's little gem ... I was riding along a stretch of dual use pavement (cyclists/pedestrians), which I ride along quite often with no problems at all. The pavement is a good eight feet wide, in excellent condition and is clearly marked out for dual use as described above. Today I saw a group of three people, walking slowly side-by-side towards me and taking up the entire width of the pavement. No matter, I though, I will ride as close to the edge as possible, occupying the last foot of the pavement and giving them fully seven feet in which to move in the opposite direction. They looked directly at me from a good distance - and did not move. So I continued hurtling towards them. Still they didn't move. The closer I got, the more they didn't move. At the last minute, the one I was heading towards stepped to the side and swore at me loudly, despite the fact that I had given her fully seven feet in which to move. I ignored her and carried on.
Now my question is this - under UK law, was I right or was she? Should I have got off the bike and stood in the mud on the verge like a gimp while this group of cretins ambled past, taking up all eight feet of the pavement? Or did I have the right to use the tiny amount of pavement that I did in order to force her to move?