I saw a question posted on a news website’s comment section. The poster was curious to know why a cyclist might choose to cycle on the road beside a bike lane instead of using the bike lane. Here are some possibilities:
Garbage in the bike lane: broken or rusted car parts, toilet paper rolls, wires, metal, needles, animal carcasses, etc.
Too bumpy: the pavement may be buckled or cracked.
Too many sewer grates: this doesn’t bode well with road tires.
Going too fast: many multi-use paths have a maximum speed of 20km/h. For those training for races, this is too slow and it may put other cyclists at risk.
They are a vehicular cyclist and don’t agree with cycling in a segregated lane.
They don’t know it’s there.
If the path is raised or separated by a barrier, they couldn’t figure out how to get onto it or they were required to stop to do so.
They couldn’t figure out how to get off the path, so they figured it’d be best not to bother at all.
They didn’t want to.
There may be pedestrians, rollerbladers, joggers, skateboarders, and e-bikes in the lane and they’re not comfortable sharing the space.
I found this bike when I was at home visiting my parents in France. My father was renting a little house to this man named Antoine, who was somewhat of a mysterious man. My father had not heard from him in a while so he decided to pay him a visit, and I went along with him. It turned out that Antoine had moved out without telling anyone in the village. The house was left mostly empty with the exception of a few things, including this bicycle, which was left to rust, leaning against one of the outside walls. The fenders and wheels were quite rusty, and at first glance, it seemed unsalvageable. My father was about to throw it in the back of the van with a bunch of other junk to bring it to the recycling center. I decided I’d try and salvage the frame, to see if I could give it a second life.
The top tube was a little rusty (around the brake cable braze ons) so I got the leather top tube wrap from Velo Orange to protect it. I also installed a new bottom bracket, cranks, pedals, wheels, handlebar, and seatpost. The rack is from SOMA fabrications, and I bolted to wine box to it (perfect for carrying stuff around and making trips to the grocery store). The Compass tires make this an amazingly comfortable ride and pure fun cruising around town! I’m not sure where Antoine is now, but I’m sure he would have never imagined his bike looking this good and being ridden on the other side of the world. See you out there!