On the first morning I had a decent ride into and around the city. Heading back home to Henley Beach I had a bloke walking toward me who, as I passed, asked "Why don't ou ride on the road" which I took to be a jocular comment (you get plenty of these when on a unicycle). But as I passed he added with some melevolence "Isn't the bike lane good enough for you". It was the end of long and hard ride so I jumped off and walked back.
It was quite obviousd that he had an agenda and I happened to have been bundled into his target group. So, back to him with an equal amount of attitude...
"Hey buddy - I am NOT allowed to legally ride on this road (it was Henely Beach Road), it has marked lanes and it is in excess of 50kph. I am not a bike I am a wheeled recreational device - Look it up
"I am not interferign with anyone, I am not affecting you and I am riding with consdieration and care adn will continue to do so.
Anyway, that was the the end of the matter. Or so I thought.
Two or three days later around Westlakes and AAMI stadium I had not one, but THREE pedestrians on two more occasions taking similar offence.
I know that cyclists over here in the west get targeted by motorists not wanting to share space on the roads with cyclists. But not much for riding on paths (and certainly not for a bloke on a unicycle). Is there an even broader zone that the haters in Adelaide have marked out for their frustrations? I've ridden a bit around South Oz in the past and it surprised me to cop a serve on quiet paths three times in a single week.
(Still loved the riding though. A lot of welcome work on some paths since last year too.)