Bike Commute Diaries: Taking the Sidewalk

15 May

I have a dirty little secret. I ride my bike on the sidewalk sometimes. It’s not my fault, really. I blame the transportation engineers who didn’t consider bikes when they designed the roads. I only do it for short stretches when there’s no safe alternative, and I slow down or stop for walkers. Please don’t judge me.


About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting, one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!


Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Commute Diaries


5 responses to “Bike Commute Diaries: Taking the Sidewalk

  1. PeterD

    May 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I do it also. There really isn’t a clean way to get between Market St and Civic Center in SF without riding a sidewalk. One of the gaps they need to fix.

    • ladyfleur

      May 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Scofflaw! Where is the SFPD when you need them!

  2. Richard Masoner (@cyclelicious)

    May 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Heh. The magic camera caught me riding on the sidewalk just last night while I shot my 1st Street detour video. Evidence here

    • ladyfleur

      May 18, 2012 at 8:14 am

      You are a very naughty boy Richard! Keep this up and we’ll make you ride BMX.

  3. Ken from Northumbria

    June 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Its a way of life here in the UK, there are very few places that will prosecute & most new sidewalks are designated for pedestrians & cycles together anyway.


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