Comment 82050

By SpaceMonkey (registered) | Posted October 22, 2012 at 17:21:28 in reply to Comment 82049

From my experience, multi use pathways are more dangerous than the road by a huge factor. Not more dangerous in potential to be killed, but more dangerous in terms of chances of being injured.

There are many ways which they can occur. The most frequent that I come across are people walking and then suddenly, without warning drastically changing their direction. Children seem to be the most likely to do this. The next most common thing, for me, are dogs either not on a leash or on a leash, but the owner isn't paying close attention to the dog. The worst one that happened to me was a girl walking her dog along a path. She was about to enter/cross the path. I could see her well ahead of me and was slowing down, prepared to stop if needed. She made direct eye contact with me, stopped and was seemingly waiting for me. I gave the pedals some juice and at the absolute worst time, she ran into my path. I don't know if me, her, or her dog were more scared, but thankfully no contact occurred. I have no idea what made her do that. The only thing I can come up with is that she blatantly misjudged how fast I was approaching... lesson learned for me.

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