Join Date: Apr 2007
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Po Po in Pro Park
I just feel like having a rant so here goes.
Last night I was pleasantly cycling round Prospect Park for a few laps, minding my own business at about 6.55pm. At this time I was in the right hand car lane (pretty unoccupied but still, before 7pm so still open to traffic) when from behind me booms "Get out of the car lane. Move left, use the bike lane, that's what it's there for". I look round to see a cop car flashing at me and moved over as instructed.
I don't have any particular objection to this, I was technically in the wrong, but, not 300 yards further down the road was a massive group of runners taking up not just the pedestrian lane, not just the bike lane, but the cross hatching and into the car lane as well. I had to swerve round them. Did they get instructed to move out of my lane, like hell, of course not!!
Hence my conclusion is that it is much safer, especially at dusk and turning to night, to ride in the car lanes with some nice rear lights flashing away than to risk causing mayhem and injury by crashing right into angry packs of runners whilst cruising down the hill at near 30mph.
Rant over, I feel better.