Riding on a public footpath - the end if civilisation as we know it?
Where abouts in herts legoman?
Whipersnapper it was Colney Heath, near St Albans.
Drove past the scene today and noticed that there's actually an unofficial 'no bikes' sign attached to the 'public footpath' sign (presumably placed there by the landowner). If the old guy hadn't been so confrontational about it right from the off I would probably have clocked the sign and taken a different route anyway
Just FYI all a 'No Cycling' sign on a footpath means is 'landowner is intolerant of bikes'. It doesn't change anything legally.
If you are in doubt I would read the two excellent rights of way articles that someone linked to earlier in the thread.
The other thing is to refer to the rules of cheeky above. An example of the sort of common sense that confounds small minded people so that it would never be adopted(!)
I'm always polite to other trail users, I just seem to attract the hostile walkers.
Just to balance things out the next walker held a gate open for me with a smile.
Just had a pleasant afternoon/evening cycling a portion of the 'Jurassic Coast' section of the SW coast path..
The only grief I encountered was on the way to the start of the coast path as we were cycling along a very congenial, wide and popular shared use path that runs the length of Exmouth esplanade..
Four very professional looking wrinkly hikers, in well worn gear and hard earned suntans steadfastly refused to budge an inch as they walked four abreast with defiant stares, completely blocking the way..
'Tossers' I thought aloud
Quote above: Just to balance things out the next walker held a gate open for me with a smile.
That's another key thing to remember. The vast majority (well, majority anyway) of other trail users are not tossers. For every self-appointed amateur member of the uk countryside feldgendarmerie there are probably nine other walkers, horse riders etc who are absolutely fine.
There's a bridleway through a farm on one of my regular rides. Twice recently I have met the farmer at the start of it. First time we had a bit of a chat about this and that then I asked if I could ride the first bit around the field edge rather than the marked bridleway as it so overgrown. Yes - no problems there. Last time he shouted across for a good fifty meters away asking if I was ok with opening the gate myself(!) Seeing as I'm a wafer under six foot and a 'healthily built' 13 stone I can only assume he just wanted to say something to acknowledge my presence and be friendly. He maintains his gates well and doesn't go out of his way to make life difficult. I fasten all gates exactly as I find them.
It just goes to show that we can all just rub along fine. Quite why people need to validate themselves and their petty little lives by going out of their way to be jumped up twerps always escapes me.
The same is true of most walkers and horse riders I meet. Slow down a bit if necessary, say hello and respect them and it is not unreasonable to expect the same in return. Anyone who 'kicks off' from a non-confrontational start is the one with the problem. And unless they are the landowner or the appointed agent they can get bent anyway.
You can always just ride away, unless they have a stick - then push away until they can't get the stick in your spokes, then ride away.
If anyone challenges me I simply have my valet glower at them. If that fails we have a picnic and a bit of a think.
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