I post this after recent articles on "menace cyclists" and the young girl who was knocked over by a cyclist on a shared path article on the blog here at roadcc.
As a "new" cyclist I was eager to try out our local cycle route through to Lochwinnoch from Glasgow. On my third outing and encouraging my wife to join me I felt compelled to mention to the "speeding" Cyclist who nearly knocked her off her bike, to watch the corners. The guy didn't take my comments to kindly and was protesting it was her fault, she was on the "wrong" side. I only mentioned it to him as the path was really busy. I could see he was fuming with me. He basically told me were to go and moved on. Shared path or not "people" have the right to walk on or cross it as they do the main road. Cyclists who cant see past there speed are indeed a "menace" to me. As a newbie cyclist I may be a menace to them to though .
Since i have started cycling earlier this year I have been dismayed by the amount cyclists on this path and no doubt most cyclists who cant use a bell and think that shouting from behind that they are "coming up on the right" seems to be a safe way of manoeuvring past kids, family's and sometimes disabled persons as well as other cyclists.
I like to cycle on the road most of all. I consider myself a "road user" just like the cars and buses and disabled buggys that are also there. If there are red lights i stop. If there is a queue of traffic i stop behind them, not jumping lights or weaving through the traffic to "get in front".