I took my very first bike ride down an OFFICIAL bike trail today - from Playa Del Rey (CA) down through Dockweiler State Beach (did about 5 miles each way).
If you were there, that was me, pedaling nervously but proudly on my Schwinn Hinge Folding Bike, doing my best to keep out of your way!
Had an enjoyable ride and would go there again - HOWEVER, there was one big problem - I was on a path that was clearly marked (like every few feet!) "Bikes Only!" - yet I kept having to dodge skaters, joggers, and baby carriages the whole way.
I found myself getting rather curmudgeonly towards the end of my ride, after having to maneuver through a few of these non-wheeled roadblocks - my bike skills got a major upgrade today, I must say! - because, you know, to me, "Bikes Only" means - Bikes Only!
But to be fair to the pedestrians, I also noticed a lot of bikers were using the walking/jogging path just a few feet away. So there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of respect on either side.
Not sure if this is anything anyone can really do anything about - just wanted to "vent" a bit and also ask: is this normal? Should I just expect all the bike trails to be filled with baby carriages and plan accordingly? Or are some better than others - and if so, where are they (in Southern California)?
Thanks for your thoughts!