Cycling around pedestrians is something every cyclist will do from time to time. In some cases there are shared areas where both pedestrians and cyclists will use the pavement. Their areas will be marked out so it is clear who should be where, but not everyone manages to adhere to the lanes. Cyclists need to be alert to the potential for pedestrians to wander into their path, potentially causing an accident in the process.
It is always a good idea to reduce your speed in areas where you are close to pedestrians. While cycle lanes are intended for cyclists some pedestrians will still walk in them if they are on the pavement. In other situations you may be in the road and cycling up to a pedestrian crossing. In this case you should be alert for the potential for someone to try and cross the road before the lights change in their favour. Some people assume cyclists are slow and they have plenty of time to cross, but this is not always true. Being on the look-out for situations where cycling around pedestrians will increase the odds of an accident taking place is a good idea.
What could happen if you had an accident in this situation?
Cycling in an area where there are pedestrians present can be dangerous for both parties. While you may think an accident of this kind can be less severe than one involving a car, it doesn’t mean it won’t have its consequences. Both you and the pedestrian could be badly injured depending on what happens, regardless of who is at fault. This is why additional alertness is essential in this situation to ensure no one is injured. Even mild injuries are worse than being able to avoid them in the first place.
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Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown