Before I start I should say that I am a cyclist myself.....a law abiding one.
I'm certainly not aiming this at cyclists who use the road (except perhaps those that think it's OK to cycle through red lights), this is aimed at those who think it's acceptable to use the footpath as a cycle track. We are always hearing about the authorities cracking down on motorists for speeding, using mobile phones, or eating a toffee without due care and attention, but isn't it about time they started enforcing the law on irresponsible cyclists? I have no problem with small children, because god only knows the road is a dangerous place for them. My problem is with adults who think they have a right to use the footpath, and often at considerable speed. What annoys me the most is when they cycle up behind you and ring their bells to get past!! I ignore them, and refuse to give way.
If they persist they get a piece of my mind. It's quite amazing how indignant they get, despite being completely in the wrong. I often get a stream of 4 letter abuse, but that only goes to prove that they are not only totally inconsiderate to pedestrians, but can only try and justify their actions with foul language. Signs of limited intelligence perhaps, but most likely used because they have no valid arguement to make. I really don't see why they should be treated any differently from users of other modes of transport. An on the spot fine might make them think twice about doing it again. This problem seems to be approaching epidemic levels in our towns and cities, and I know of several pedestrians that have been injured recently. Most at risk are young children who run onto the footpath and into the path of a passing bicycle, and of course the elderly. I remember a policeman telling me not to ride on the pavement when I was 5 or 6, and it's a pity they aren't more proactive today!!