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Old 07-12-07, 08:10 PM
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Bike lanes made for pedestrians

I was hammering around the lake on the fourth and as I went around a corner that had a tree hanging in the path blocking the view I saw that I was lined up with a jogger pushing his kid. Looked to the left and saw traffic coming so slammed on my brakes. I didn't get within 30 feet of him but he looked scared and I felt bad, then I thought "Why the hell is he in the road with his kid?" I guess he probably has the right to and the only reason I care is because I'd hate to hit him, but shouldn't there be bike lanes and side walks? This lane is going around Walled Lake MI and looks like the city did it for a cheap sidewalk. And if everyone is going to use the bike lane as a walkway it makes it the same as riding on the sidewalk, swerving in and out of the motor vehicle lane and never being able to really push my limits. I'm going to bike in the road on bike lanes made for pedestrians from now on.
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Old 07-12-07, 08:38 PM
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Running in the street is easier on the joints than running up and down curbs. Asphalt is also a tad more forgiving than cement.
Anyhow, try not to find it annoying. The way I look at it at least joggers are trying to get into shape. I could really care less if I have to share a bike lane with them. At least they aren't a car.

Though I would think in this case the jogger is at fault. Dude needs to be more aware in blindspots. Don't know about the pushing his kid part. I would never take my son when he was tiny into the street. All in all I would say the jogger should have been elsewhere.
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Old 07-12-07, 08:57 PM
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As a runner I can attest to the benefits of running in the street instead of the sidewalk. So long as he hugs the curb I don't see a big problem there for cyclists. What bugs me the most is when wrong-way cyclists (never seen a ped do this) try to pass on the left, as if the bike lane were two-way.
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Was it an official bike lane with stencil, or just a shoulder?
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Old 07-12-07, 09:32 PM
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Oh, you should come to Highpark. There is this street called 'Colborne Lodge Dr.' and 'West Rd.' Both are one ways and they form a loop that goes counter-clockwise They both have bicycle lanes. Colborn Lodge Dr. Also has a bicycle lane that allows us bikes to travel in the opposite direction. Now that's fine and dandy, BUT there are group joggers there, all running clockwise, the wrong way, in the bicycle lane. Actually, I think there's at least one coach in those groups, who leads the way. There are 15~30 of them in a pack. Logically it's the safest place to run because A: cars don't swirve in there and B: they can see on coming traffic.

Just a minor annoyance when I do encounter them, All I have to do is check my blind spot and ride in the Vehicular lane. Which is usually not full of debrees or pot holes or poor patch works. It's a park, so bicycles always go faster than cars here.
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Marked with diamonds and a bikelane sign, though there are many more pedestrians on it than cyclists.
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