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A pedestrian and a cyclist collide while traveling in the same direction on a shared use path. The cyclist is seen maneuvering to the left of a runner when the runner moves into the path of the cyclist causing an accident. I am not sure why the runner would move to the left side of the path. In the beginning of the video the runner looks behind him. He have thought the cyclist was trying to pass on the right. In any case, this is why I think cycling on shared paths can be dangerous. Even when I try to warn others of my presence by calling out "on your left!" often times the alert only serves to confuse and startle the person.
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OK, after watching this video in full screen mode on my 32" monitor there are a couple of things I noticed: 1) The cyclist did not give any indication to the pedestrians that he was passing them 2) The jogger that he hit looked back and saw him coming, and 3) The jogger appears to intentionally come into the path of the cyclist and even dropped his shoulder and extended his arm like in a football style block. PLUS, on most shared paths the speed limit for bikes is usually 10mph, 15 at max, and this guy was obviously going faster than that.
When pedestrians hear the word "Left", they move left. So I say passing, and they don't move to the side.
looks like the runner was turning around at a mile marker. When making your u turn on a jogging riding path, one should assume he is not the only creature on the planet and look behind him/her before completing the turn. Bottom line, runner (and I am one and a cyclist) you are too stupid to be on a trail. Go to your nearest high school and run on the track in the same direction as everyone else. Stay out of traffic and wear a helmut.
I'd say that the responsibility is shared somewhat, but the cyclist is most in the wrong: 1) cyclist is going too fast for the conditions (mixed bike and ped traffic on a narrow path), 2) cyclist has the responsibility as the overtaking vehicle to do so safely--and failed to do that, and 3) not a peep out of the cyclist to warn the runner or others on the path of her/his presence. AS a bike safety instructor (LAB LCI #3175), I would come down hard on the cyclist for not knowing (his?) vehicle code). I presume the cyclist is male because of the speed and relative arrogance of the behavior exhibited. Of course, the runner was not smart at all in failing to look for other traffic before making a left or U-turn….