Everyone needs to ride sensibly and to the conditions. If they did that there would be no issues.
Well not quite. Everyone who uses it be they pedestrian, jogger, dog walker, rowing coach and cyclists alike all need to use it sensibly. Certainly in my commuting days along there it was the non cyclists who were most at fault ime. Probably as more inexperienced cyclists have taken to commuting, speeds and certainly just sheer numbers of all path users have increased and the chance of collisions goes up. I still see stupid behaviour off peak from all path users.
Should peds be banned? Be nice I suppose but it won't happen. Separate paths with a higher standard of construction without the blind corners etc would be far better. That won't happen either, so anticipate and slow down. And Richard welcome, you certainly don't come across as arrogant to me. You wrote honestly and passionately of your experience. Many on here use the paths and roads. There is probably a bias towards using the roads for all the reasons given. Experienced riders prefer the predictability of traffic and direct routes that roads provide. However we've all been in the situation of just riding along and next thing there is a fall or whatever. Even pros fall for sometimes the most stupid of reasons. I had a big off years back on the southern path due to the stupidity of dog walkers and runners blocking the path. Not one stopped for the two of us left bleeding and dazed.
BTW when you post no matter how you word it, your words will be scrutinised like Talmudic scholars going over ancient scrolls with a concordance to hand wishing to divine some interpretation then take it off into another tangent.
And did I tell you we're all experts on here?