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Walkers when you're out cycling & also filtering during busy traffic.
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I'll tackle 2 questions in the one rather than do 2 threads.
1) I'm pretty sure i'm going to be in the minority on this one. Wouldn't surprise me if i was in the minority of 1 either but i'll go with it. Does anyone else reading this get a bit annoyed by walkers walking against flow?
I suppose someone somewhere decided it was the way to walk on the road. I find it annoying when i'm out cycling and also when driving. When cycling i try to stick to the back roads as much as possible so that i hit less traffic. There are times I meet people coming at me, sometimes 2 or 3 wide. Most of the time they'll tuck in but some times you get the annoying people who wont - and wouldn't you know that a car is coming the other way right as you're about to pass, so you can't pass them in your own lane and you can't go in to the next lane because you'll get taken out. Had a near miss myself when going round a bend and nearly hit oncoming pedestrians and their prams so now I go extra cautiously which is a bit crap for trying to beat your times. On the rare occasions i've been walking on the back roads I always walk with flow not against it.
2) Tips for filtering across when traffic is busy?
I try to get out early in the morning when traffic is quieter as i'm not the most confident on A-roads. There's a certain spot on my route where the road splits in to two lanes approaching a roundabout. The limit will be 50mph building up to this. If i see clearance then i'll move over and nail it as hard as possible to make it but if there's traffic then i'll just bump up on the pavement and go the long route.
Likewise there's another portion of my route where i need to cut across what is 1 lane splitting in to 2 (from the other end of the roundabout actually). If it's quiet then I can do it easy enough and turn off to the back roads but if there's a stream of traffic then i either pull up on the pavement and wait for a gap to cross or i just re-route entirely and head through the roundabout even if i didn't initially want to.