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Old 06-19-11, 11:38 PM
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PSA: Multi-use paths

I'm sure I'm probably preaching to the choir here, but I wanted to get this off my chest. This weekend while I was biking in to work on a multi-use path here in Richardson, I was in a bit of an accident. I was going along at a leisurely pace (no speedometer on my commuter) and about ~50 yards ahead of me I see a guy riding in the middle of the path no-handed.

Having apparently too much faith in humanity, I assumed he would get back on his side of the path, but at the last second, for reasons I will never understand, he swerved LEFT, directly in to me, and we had a head-on collision. Thank God no one was seriously hurt. I ended up not needing it, but boy did I pick the wrong day to not wear a helmet - this was honestly the first time in about 6 years that I've ridden without one...

Accidents happen, but this guy didn't even once apologize or admit that he was on the wrong side. I guess I'm too nice of a guy, because I didn't even look at me or my bike. I helped him untangle himself and get his seat turned straight (the only "damage" to his bike). As he's about to ride off, I turn around to find that my wheel has been taco'd . He actually had the audacity to ask me if I was "going fast" as though that would have anything to do with what side of the path I was on. Anyways, long story short, this guy's incompetence cost me $80 and a couple hours of my time.

Of the hundreds of cyclists on Renner on any given Saturday, one saw me and asked me if I needed help. I had a ride only a mile away, but thanks for that Other than him, I mostly got rubberneckers staring blankly at me like I was some sort of alien (a cyclist not in lycra and on a path, gasp!). FWIW, I do wear the proper attire and safety gear on longer rides.

Anyways, I see cyclists on this path all the time (Renner between 75 and Custer), and it seems like at least a third of the people are riding with no hands. That's great for you if you can do that (I can't), but if you can't stay on your side of the path (that's the RIGHT side from your perspective), then for the love of God, keep your hands on the bars and your head up!

Sorry for the rant. Maybe the moral of this story is to leave the MUP's for the runners and morons...I'd rather take my chances on the road with the cars.
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Old 06-19-11, 11:47 PM
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+1 I prefer roads to MUP's if given the chance
If he pulled left directly into you, possibly he had other issues than that of bike control
sorry about your bike
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Old 06-20-11, 09:20 PM
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Never underestimate the number of Boneheads out there on the MUPs OR the street. My favorite warning in situations like yours is, "HEY! PICK A SIDE Please!" Had to use that on some skateboarders who actually seemed stunned that I expected them to not take their half out of the middle of the path. Along Floyd by UTD.
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Old 06-20-11, 09:42 PM
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Yeah, along the same path a couple minutes prior, I gave a "on your left" as I passed a lady walking her dogs. She was maybe a little startled, and she instinctively replied "sorry", but I wasn't expecting that reaction ... she didn't do anything wrong, I was just letting her know I was there.

This guy on the other hand, let *me* apologize for my part in it and didn't reciprocate The only thing I did wrong is veer in to him in a panic, but I went right, which is the natural reaction I think...

Anyways, I'm sure this is nothing new, but I ride with 2 other people (for recreation, not commuting), and all of us now have had mishaps on MUP's and never once had a problem on the road. I think that track record speaks for itself
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I avoid the MUP if possible. Most people on bikes ride like they drive. You have people come to a complete stop for no reason or suddenly make a aggressive U turn because it is time to head the other direction. When on the MUP, I ride defensively, expecting walkers/riders to make these dumb mistakes.
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I've ridden this path for years and NEVER had a single problem. I always am extremely aware of other people, and I am always properly attired.
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Originally Posted by Fullforce View Post
I've ridden this path for years and NEVER had a single problem. I always am extremely aware of other people, and I am always properly attired.
Actually, other than the skateboarders, I've never had anything resembling a close call on THIS particular MUP...but then I tend to expect others to do the unexpected (both riding and driving)...that way I can be pleasantly surprised instead of being caught unaware.
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I've ridden this path MANY times before without incident, so I don't want to vilify MUP's or the people that ride them.

However, awareness and a helmet isn't going prevent an incident, if you ask me. It may slightly diminish the probability of an accident and severity of injury if it occurs. But, when someone at the last minute decides they are going to swerve directly into you, there isn't going to be a whole lot you can do about it but hold on and hope for the best.

I think the saying is, plan for the worst, hope for the best? As it turned out this day, luck was on my side; I didn't plan for the worst, but didn't end up needing a helmet anyways. The other guy did wear a helmet and ended up on his back (I don't know if he hit his head, but don't think so...).

Anyways, the point of this thread was mainly to vent at the person I encountered. I doubt he'll ever read this, but on the off-chance: if you ride no-handed at times, all I would suggest is consider not doing it on a path with other people nearby. Add to the fact that you decided to not look at what was ahead of you, and you are really lucky that my bike was the only casualty (found my front derailleur is borked as well) - can you imagine if the same thing had happened with someone riding with their infant on the back?

To others riding on paths and the road, stay safe and best of luck to you
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