Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road: Can bikes, runners take up whole path?

Sunset at Boulevard Park on July 1, 2013, in Bellingham. Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians on the city’s multi-use paths and trails.
Sunset at Boulevard Park on July 1, 2013, in Bellingham. Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians on the city’s multi-use paths and trails. The Bellingham Herald

Question: Why are bicyclists allowed on pedestrian paths like at Zuanich Point and Boulevard parks? They ride three and four abreast and don’t care if they knock you down. There are also runners who will run four to five abreast and try to knock me and my dog down while I am walking.

Answer: Bellingham, generally speaking, has multipurpose paths for pedestrians and bicycles to use. When on a pathway, the bicycles are supposed to yield to pedestrians to avoid conflicts. I haven’t had the experience of runners or bicycle riders trying to knock me down while I walk with my wife or dogs. I would suggest that if this is an ongoing issue, you might let the Bellingham Police know so they are aware of the issue, as well as the times and locations.

Rules of the Road is a regular column with questions and answers on road laws, safe driving habits and general police practices. Answers come from David Wright, a retired officer from the Bellingham Police Department who serves on the Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force. For previous Rules of the Road columns or to ask a question, go to bellinghamherald.com/news/traffic/rules-of-the-road/.

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