If you’re feeling a bit slow this morning or can’t quite figure it out - I’ll explain:
On the lower half of the photo the cycle path is on the right and the footpath is on the left. Somewhere (at some random point I assume) within the tactile paving zone, the laws of physics are reversed or magic is involved and pedestrians and cyclists are supposed to exchange places.
As you can see from the photo, Sheffielders haven’t quite got the timing down to a fine art yet - the lady on the left is a bit too keen and the cyclist isn’t quite awake yet - but don’t worry all the lampposts in the way will soon rectify that. I’m sure there will be a training course developed soon to teach people the skills required to accomplish this manoeuvre.
Here it is from the opposite direction, this time with the added bonus of wheelly bins scattered about to add to your enjoyment.
The woman pushing the toddler in the buggy clearly needs educating and training as she has failed to complete the special manoeuvre in time.
And just to keep you on your toes, just as you’ve swapped sides (within about 4metres) you have to swap back again, whilst ensuring you don’t get run over by the traffic that has priority accros the path.
One thing I have noticed is how often I see the same person on there way somewhere and back again in a short space of time. This isn’t “commuter cycling” (whatever that’s supposed to mean), but people just running daily errands, the bicycle as everyday convenient transport. Probably if they didn’t have a bike, they would walk, but equally likely they would’ve just nipped out in the car.