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Old 07-31-14, 08:36 PM   #1
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Central Park: Joggers in bike Lane

Surely, I'm not the only one who gets annoyed at the joggers who run in the bike lane. In some times and areas when there is car traffic also moving through, I have to take the bike lane. However, there are joggers there too.

Solution: Create a jogger's lane, speed walkers lane, casual cyclist lane, and faster cyclists lane.

But really, it gets annoying. Of course, I'd prefer not to speed past a jogger but maybe, if I speed past them, it'll freak them out enough to get them back onto the sidewalk. With numerous pathways around and through central park, it's no excuse for them to take up a bike lane. On the other hand, it's against the rules to ride on pathways. Thus, there should also be an official rule against jogging or walking on Bike Lanes.

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Old 07-31-14, 09:43 PM   #2
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On the other hand, it's against the rules to ride on pathways. Thus, there should also be an official rule against jogging or walking on pathways.
Yes, pathways should be reserved only for those who are skipping. Or did you have something else in mind?
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Old 08-01-14, 07:17 AM   #3
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it's no excuse for them to take up a bike lane. On the other hand, it's against the rules to ride on pathways. Thus, there should also be an official rule against jogging or walking on pathways.
Honestly, I'm sure there is. Enforcement is the issue, however. I don't think cops are going to be writing tickets for this. I have gotten annoyed as well when joggers, or even worse, walkers, wander into a bike lane. I just slow down, smile, and remember that there are a few bridges in Brooklyn and Queens where you are supposed to walk your bike along the path and not ride, yet the pedestrians are almost never rude when I, for instance, ignore the rule and carefully ride past them, letting them know I am there before I get there.

Its a 2 way street (lol pun intended) and if walkers are willing to forgive my indiscretion then certainly I owe some sort of a karmic debt to the guys taking up my path later in my ride, right?
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Central Park, unfortunately, is just too much of a zoo most of the time to get any serious biking in -- due in large part to the situation you describe, but also the fact that you have lots of stray walkers who will zig zag on pathways, people walking at various speeds, etc. That's why so many people stick to cycling on the road, despite the traffic dangers. It's not just Central Park that's like this, but virtually any urban park. If you want low-traffic cycling, you have to go to one of the area state parks, such as Harriman. Go there on a weekday and you'll have the place to yourself, practically. And commercial truck traffic is prohibited, so the scene is much more calmer than you'd think.
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I am learning that isn't so much the joggers in the bike lane is that they think bicycles should yield to them like they are on sidewalk or MUP.
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prathmann, my mistake.

I meant "On the other hand, it's against the rules to ride on pathways. Thus, there should also be an official rule against jogging or walking on BIKE LANES".
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Solution: Create a jogger's lane, speed walkers lane, casual cyclist lane, and faster cyclists lane.

But really, it gets annoying. Of course, I'd prefer not to speed past a jogger but maybe, if I speed past them, it'll freak them out enough to get them back onto the sidewalk. With numerous pathways around and through central park, it's no excuse for them to take up a bike lane. On the other hand, it's against the rules to ride on pathways. Thus, there should also be an official rule against jogging or walking on Bike Lanes.
It doesn't help. Look at the Brooklyn Bridge. Clearly marked with bike and walk symbols. Oblivious fools are always walking over the line. Or go to the West Side bike path. There's a walking path right next to it. Still plenty of people walking on the bike path.
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