T’day we wus trea’ed to a reet bit ‘o Northern hignorance. Two elderly cyclists (60s ish) on mountain bikes rather than ride on the grass around us they stayed on the narrow footpath. Of course we were having a conversation ie talking to each other and were not concentrating on our surroundings, just enjoying our walk. These two old gits just rode straight through the centre of our group (3 adults and 3 dogs.) and had the nerve to have a go at us.The old biddy in yellow commented about ‘bloody ignorant walkers’ as she passed at which point I said ‘Well you could have ridden on the grass they are MOUNTAIN bikes a bit of grass wont hurt them..
“You should have got out of the way” she said giving the V-sign. “Well,” says I, “cyclists are supposed to give way to pedestrians. What was wrong with riding on the grass.”
“No they’re not,” more V-signs more bad language. Grand-dad spouted off about enjoying the tow path. Mark said, “We were till you came by”. She seems to have mental issues and he is an engagement freak. Absolute loonies the pair of them. Its always the same some ass doesn’t know the rules and starts telling others THEY are wrong. And for any one who thinks that it might be me read this from the CRT. I have underlined the bit where they were lacking.
Follow these hints and tips for a trouble-free cycle ride.
- Avoid cycling where your tyres would damage the path or verges (e.g. when they are wet or soft).
- Give way to others on the towpath and warn them of your approach. A polite 'hello' and 'thank you' mean a lot.
- We recommend you obtain third party liability insurance and equip your bike with a bell or equivalent.
- You must get off and push your cycle beneath low or blind bridges, and where the path is very narrow.