While vacationing in Colorado earlier this month I biked through Garden of the Gods, a magnificent public park in the city of Colorado Springs where I encountered this combined pedestrian / bicycle lanes on the right side of a one-way road.
The arrow suggests, to me, the direction of travel, and that’s the way I went. As I pushed my way uphill on my road bike I spotted an obstruction ahead of me in the lane, merged left into the regular travel lane to avoid it, and that’s when the obstruction (a guy on a high-end full-suspension mountain bike coming towards me in the lane) snarkily instructed me to “Pass on the right, Dude.”
Up to this point I really didn’t care that I moved left to avoid him. I can’t control what other people do. There was plenty of room and we were passing without incident, but this scofflaw was clearly annoyed that I didn’t follow what he thought of as the “rules,” so of course he deserved a response: “Wrong way, Dude,” I replied.
So he says “Two-way trail, Dude.”
Good grief. He’s probably out of ear-shot by now, but I depart with, “Trail rules: Downhill yields to uphill, Dude.”
I know there was a large-ish group of perhaps 20 cyclists about a few minutes behind me riding two to three across in this lane — did this group ride squeeze right to get past the wrong-way mountain biker who couldn’t handle going the correct direction on this loop road?
But that left me wondering: Is there a local custom of treating this clearly-marked one-way lane as a two-way trail? And if this is the case, how are out-of-towner dudes like me supposed to know of this local custom?