canals, walkers and bell tinklers...

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by 02GF74, 24 Jan 2008.

  1. 02GF74

    02GF74 Über Member

    I ride aong a canal often and every once in a while I came across the bobbly hat red sock brigade that insist of walking two or three abreast so that is it not possible to pass by. If I am feeling mischieveous (sp?) I slam the brakes so make a noise skid that usually result in the people in fornt jumping out of the skins but most of the time I cycle behind until one spots me and moves out the way.

    Commonly they ask "why don't you have a bell?"

    "Well I wouldn't need a bell if you weren't blocking the path" is what I would like to say if I was dead hard and stuff but on my race trim bikes. like all of them, you don't put bells do ya?:becool:

    Anyone else get this?

    (and before you ask, I have a permit from British Waterways, probably the only person to have applied for one although I could not find it last time I looked)
  2. jiggerypokery

    jiggerypokery Über Member

    You young man are more bell end then bike bell.....why not just show a little courtesy, grace and grown up good-mannerdness and say "excuse me"...and if required repeat a little louder.

    It's a shared use path not your personal race-way.
  3. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    Even if you had a bell, half the time they've got a diePod in use and wouldn't be able to hear the "two tings"...
  4. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Permit from British Waterways? For what?
  5. ratty2k

    ratty2k New Member

    I occasionally ride a tow path near where I live, people walk on, fish off it and some ride on it. Its all good, chill out a bit and warn people you're there- but not by scaring them! One day someone will shove you in the canal. I probably would if anyone tried that with me.
  6. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    By law you require a permit from British Waterways to cycle on a towpath. The permit can be downloaded from the British Waterways web-site. Every now and then they do spot checks and fine people who don't have a permit.
  7. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    I agree. Being at peace with the world is what being by the water's about...
  8. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    I think you'll find that walkers have as much right to be there as you have. I have a bell and I use it in these situations. Generally it is greeted well and people often move aside and give a smile as I walk past.

    If you don't have a bell you could always say 'excuse me' politely as you approach and I am sure 95% of the time, people will move aside and probably give you a smile as you go past with care.

    What's wrong with a bit of common courtesy 02GF74? Why do you feel you need to harass these people? Do you feel superior to them in some way? :biggrin:
  9. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Thanks again, Regulator.
    I've never cycled on a towpath, but I'll bear that in mind if I decide to.
  10. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Yup I have one in my wallet, but I've never heard of anyone being fined before! :biggrin:
  11. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Is the permit free?
  12. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    Yep - you basically fill in an online form and then print off the permit.

    I think the permit bit is more to enable British Waterways to be able to prove that people are using their facilities than for any real 'control' reason.
  13. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I'm going to try a Real Hustle scam (hi-viz waistcoat, walky-talky, maybe a clipboard) and issue on-the-spot fines to any cyclist not able to show their permits. I'll be quids in!
  14. OP

    02GF74 Über Member

    Riding behind until I can overtake by the wlakers moving out of the wya is as couteous as you can get surely? Saying "excuse me"queitely at increased volume ends upo with the same reaction.

    It is a shared path where walkers have priority so I never hassle them but does that mean they can block of the whole path? I hjave the same peoblem if I am ruuning or walking fast.
  15. bazzadigz C+

    bazzadigz C+ Senior Member

    I use the Regents Canal Path for 95% of my commutes and although it can be frustrating when folks walk 2 or 3 a breast, it wasnt until i walked home one day and suddenly realised why.

    If you was to walk down the road talking to a friend then he/she wouldn't walk behind you would they? The paths are just no big enough :biggrin:

    Also in the permit part 1 and 2 say "give way to others at all times" and "Warn others of your approach". We shouldnt try and "bully" them the same way cars try and bully us.

    I've been behind many cyclist that have done what you describe and it puts us in danger! all i ever hear is "F&*$ING CYCLIST" & "Next time i'm going to push them in to the Drink!"

    So please just give them a ding or a polite "excuse me" and acknowledge when they have done you a favor. It could be worse as you maybe on the road fighting cagers.

    ofcourse if your feeling like it you can give them a blast from a AirZound :biggrin::biggrin:
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