Reppe nearly creamed a cyclist but he still seems like a pretty cool guy. How's that? Because he understands that a cyclist has a right to use the road. That's right.
The guy he nearly killed was a sidewalk cyclist going 15 mph on the sidewalk. If you ride far to the right and try to pass a guy turning right, you'll get hit and (in Colorado anyway) it will be your fault. Like Reppe, I don't have much problem with sidewalk riding as long as you do it at pedestrian speeds and otherwise behave like a pedestrian. That means you don't cross at the crosswalk until you see that the way is clear.
Not everyone believes cyclists should ride on the sidewalk, ever. The new blogger for cyclicious, John Ardelli, is pretty adamant about it and I expect him to post any day now about the topic. He believes strongly that a cyclist on the sidewalk should always walk the bike. Pedestrians -- like the guy who took the photo to the right -- really dislike sidewalk cyclists almost as much as some motorists do. I agree in cases where there's pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk. But if I'm on an eight-foot sidewalk with nobody on the concrete and a mile between intersections, I'll open it up.
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Yeah, sidewalk cycling IS one of the topics I intend to tackle. I'm planning a series of articles on road cycling in general in the next few weeks. :)
Ultimately, the way I look at it, if you're not going to go faster than pedestrian speed, anyway, why bother being on the bike? OK, maybe in some cases where someone has limited mobility and a bike helps them WALK I can see it, but for most people it's just a waste of time.
If you can't go faster than a walking pace, ultimately it doesn't seem that there's much point to using a bike. ;)