Venus62 wrote:It just made me so sad that cyclists can't win, even when doing the right thing. Despised on roads by motorists and despised on shared paths by pedestrians.
Having said that, most pedestrians we encountered were friendly when they saw we weren't trying to mow them down.
Clearly cyclists can win, since most pedestrians were friendly. I don't think you can say that the attitude of a single old woman means that cyclists are "despised on shared paths." You make it sound like you want to be despised and you're willing to use the attitude of 1% of the path users to reinforce that belief.