Here we go again, a 200W 40lb bike with a throttle is a "moped" but a 750W 60lb bike without a throttle is a bicycle. That sure is some "common sense".Follow these common-sense ideas and just maybe e-bikes will have some sort of trail access in the future.
Good article, thanks for posting link. I don't agree with the advise of the thread title: Don't call out "on your left!". I feel it's best to signal with a device e.g. bell and announce your intentions: "On Your Left". Regular users of paths know what that means and new users will learn. ALL users must learn what will make everyone safe.
Calling out "on your left" just startles people and confuses them, as the article points out. I slow down to the pedestrian's speed and talk to them, every time.
It's surprising how many people get startled when a bike comes behind them. I ding my bell, and I talk to them, and sometimes they still jump.
Why? My theory is because they're so used to bicyclists blasting by with no regard for safety.
Look, I'm not saying that anyone here rides like that. My concern is that a couple years from now, e-bikes will be prohibited from riding everywhere but the street.
Our highly considerate actions are one of the best steps we can take to help us gain/keep the access we desire.
I don't think the nature lovers or animals would like the mega horns going off as bicycles pass from two directions. We would have horns yelling at each other...lol. IMO the bicycle bell works as good as anything. The ear phoned, the distracted, the hard of hearing, groups, and kids will always be obsticles on shared path. My limited experience says if you want 20+ speeds - hit the pavement. Otherwise slow down and be considerate. The best answer would be dedicated bike paths...but then again what would the high speed boys think of my relatively slow pace? I would then be the 'slow pedestrian'.This is where a horn that can emit statements you either record or can program in would be wonderful! Things like, "Good morning, I'm about to pass on your left" followed by another sound you can trigger, 'Thank you and have a great day!" Or even a combo loud bell sound followed by a statement like above.
Follow these common-sense ideas and just maybe e-bikes will have some sort of trail access in the future.
This is what goes on in my area with shared paths.
Yes you are correct. Most times it's different and if I plan well I can miss most traffic of all types. My schedule is also flexible most times and that helps. I do run into many of the situations you note, I also have wild animals to worry about. In the past week I had a deer and wild turkey stand in the trail staring me down wondering what I wasWellll, you do ride in a rural area I think you said? So your situation may be different.