This is not pure sarcasm. I've been out far to often when a few peds block the entire path. They do seem to reluctantly move for oncoming traffic.
Wow, what a hot discussion about manners!
I think what JimmyBB was trying to say is that pedestrians would really appreciate a more courteous warning that allows them a more adequate amount of time to adjust to the traffic around them. I know that I certainly get startled and annoyed when other cyclists whiz by me when I'm walking (even when I'm riding!), especially when I'm not selfishly taking up the whole MUP. I like a warning! Even if peds are wearing earbuds, you can't really know that until you're right beside them anyway. Give'em the benefit of the doubt. How hard is it to give a well-timed yell or ring, anyway? I'm actually still searching for a bicycle bell that's not a cheap piece of crap, so for now, I yell. It's polite, and it's the right thing to do, and it's how I like to be treated when out enjoying the *public* trail.
Not just pedestrians, slower riders also, would like some warning you are passing.
Actually, although the law/rules are pretty clear in most places, it is just courtesy to look out for others in a crowded place.
Unfortunately, there are some cyclists, and operators of other vehicles as well, who just don't get the ideas of courtesy and safety. They are the ones who pass without warning and so close the draft from their arms can be felt. They are the ones who ride a pace line at 20mph through a crowded park. They are the ones who ...., well you get the idea.
inflection counts), and it achieves the desired outcome.
I ride MUP's although I try to avoid them when possible. Pedestrians walking down the center, right, or letting their leashed dog wonder at will left to right. Or the walker listening via an ear bud to whatever, drives me away from them. I use a bell when on a MUP, and ring it at least twice , well before reaching the walker. Even so , on occasion I've startled them, and they say something rude. In the past I used to stop, turn around with the intention to ( with a smile ) let them know I did ring them and ( usually ) slowed down. They to a man, have responded rudely, so that I now, no longer try to politely explain my position. It's rare, but I find 4 to 5 peds walking abreast chatting loudly taking up the entire MUP and thinking they have the right to do so. So again, I try to avoid MUP's, preferring rude motorists to pedestrians.
Oh and of course I say hello , or a polite excuse me when approaching a group of 5 abreast which does get them to separate and allow me to pass, but after my passing they will retake the MUP. MUP's are for me to avoid if possible.
On the other hand a week or so ago, in another city, there were two pedestrians striding down the MUP who were not going to and did not make way. By their actions they knew their rights and were not going to yield. I squeezed by.
Courtesy is desired. But we are human and sometimes unable to deliver.