Maybe it’s the unusual weather for late September, with temperatures forecast for the weekend in the nineties once the humidity is factored in. In fact, the annual Montreal marathon, held in September to avoid the high summer humidity, has been scratched this year, with only a half marathon taking place. Or perhaps it’s because it is my birthday today, but for some reason, I have to mention something that puts me in a pro-bicycle position.
In a nutshell: it is not acceptable to walk, run, or jog on a bicycle path.
It’s only proper that I point out this fact that, given I have often harangued cyclists for riding on sidewalks.
During the course of my daily run, I cross a bicycle path. While it seems people have grasped the concept that walking on a bike lane is both stupid and dangerous, many people still think it is alright to jog or run on them. Regardless of whether you are training to give the Kenyans and Ethiopians a run for their money in the next marathon, or are more likely to be at the back of the pack with the people dressed as mascots and those who will run the race with a tray full of beer glasses, or maybe you’re just out to sweat off last night’s Jameson shots, a bike path is not the place to do it.
When dedicated bicycle lanes and paths were first being introduced to our fair city it was only natural that people took some getting used to them. Much like the trees in the garden of Eden, there are many paths in the park that are fine to walk on, and only one that is forbidden. Yet at first many folks just strolled along the bike path. You don’t see that too often, but joggers and runners still have a bit more of the learning curve to scale before they grasp the danger they pose to themselves and cyclists.