I can't be bothered quoting the above tadidadida you wrote,
But I do not like your tone at all.
And the 'duty of care' terminology really gets my hackles up
From my extensive experience with falling off bikes I can tell you it is very well possible to go at less than 10kmh and dive over the handlebars.
Freoishome happened to hit an almost inanimate object, I took one hand off the handlebar to catch a plastic bag flying out of the basket, front wheel slipped on the path, 90 degree turn, et voila: cracked ribs, bruised hip, scraped hand and chin.
Yes I know, my own stupid fault, who in their right mind rides with a basket on the front? Yuck!
And for taking hands off the handlebar, everyone knows that you should never do that if you don't ride on bitumen
Hey, I discovered there is another page of posts on this thread... better go and read them.
Here comes the editing:
I ride that path quite often, and especially running pedestrians tend to use the bikepath instead of the footpath, because it is smoother, I guess.
Also, when overtaking pedestrians in general on DUPs, they often do not react to my bell, but as most are keeping to the left, I proceed, assuming I can safely pass them at a decent speed.
I don't really mind slowing down to below walking speed for kids and dogs (only cute dogs, not ferociously looking ones)
Another thing I see many other people do is taking a wide arc around the obstruction, by going onto the grass, I personally don't like to do that, it is my off-road 'phobia'
Actually, just remembered I had a "near-hit" on that path in South Perth the other week, that was interesting:
I moved left onto the pedestrian third of the path (only blue line separating red bitumen from grey concrete) to give extra personal space to a running pedestrain coming from the opposite direction. Then I swiftly moved back to the middle third (i.e. the left of the bike section) and got almost hit by a specimen of 30kmh lycra who coudn't be bothered to ring a warning before overtaking me.
Or? Who knows.
I must admit, that about a quarter of the time I do not warn pedestrians, if they move a a steady speed and I can easily overtake them. It also helps that my bike is so noisy (mainly the bell) that they often start looking around before I ring the bell.
I also hate it when they go out of their way and jump on the grass when there is really no need for that.
And most of the time I will say 'thank you' while passing, sometimes a bit sarcastic, when they are particularly obstructive.
NOW lets talk Trafalgar Bridge.
In the series 'famous Perth pedestrian landmarks'
OK must go,