“You don’t ride on bike paths, do you?”
I thought the guy, a seasoned cyclist, was pulling my seatpost. But he was dead serious. And, as it turns out, dead right too.
Somewhat paradoxically, bike paths are one of the most dangerous places you can actually ride a bike. Unless you enjoy running a gauntlet of dogs, walkers, joggers, kids on scooters and ill-placed street furniture, it can be tougher to stay upright than the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. Throw in a bit of pre-dawn darkness as we’re experiencing right now, and it can be truly terrifying. I’ve written about it before, but it still amazes me how many early-morning walkers see zero need to wear lights or hi-vis vests. I’m sure if a cyclist was to collide with them, it would be all the rider’s fault of course.
Stay on the road. It’s safer.