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But we all know that a considerable minority are not "following the laws". A couple of quick points, regarding my experiences yesterday afternoon, I was genuinely surprised that some of these guys were attempting to ride through the "narrow" part of the Pine Walk, that is past Corb Mari and on towards Little Italy, (in fact, in places) all the way up to the Illa 'Dor.

Secondly, and to be honest, this was early morning, just after 8.00am today, and there were very few people about, one chap came from the direction of the Sis Pins area towards the Dania and was absolutely flying, (on his bike!). Head down, pure concentration and he was seriously moving. I know Bradley Wiggins is reported to have an apartment in that vicinity, and believe me, it could have been him, (I'm no expert, but I doubt if even the great man himself could have gone any quicker).

As I said, there were very few people around, and he pretty much had the area to himself, but he was really shifting, and no, I'm not exaggerating.
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Slightly off topic, I know, but this morning we took a leisurely stroll along the Pine Walk up to the Illa' Dor. Just in front of Corb Mari, 5 lycra clad cyclists who were making their merry way towards the Dania were confronted by two local police officers, who had them off those bikes in a matter of seconds, (these guys must have known what they were doing was dangerous, the pavement was at the time ridicously crowded, it being a very warm and sunny morning).

A couple of hours later, on our return, we stopped for a liquid lunch at the Bahia, (as one does), during which time I witnessed three separate occcassions when groups of cyclists came hurtling along, (probably each time about 4 or 5 in number). We all know how narrow the walk is along this stretch, and I fear that sometime this summer, a terrible incident, (if that's the right word) is going to occur. Common sense would tell one that this type of behaviour is just an accident waiting to happen. In fairness I must say there were numerous other cyclists this afternoon who were walking alongside their bikes.

Anyway, apologies to all, rant over, I'm just stating what I saw.
As I alluded to earlier I won't defend bad cycling so they shouldn't be on the pedestrian area and it is right that they are stopped from doing so. Extra signage may be a good idea as i don't think what is in place is adequate as I hadn't noticed it the 1st few times I had been but language like 'lycra clad cyclists' and 'hurtling along' would tend to make me believe you do have a certain prejudice, I might be wrong. I would find it difficult to hurtle along on a road bike at that stretch especially in a group and can't for the life of me think of a reason why they would be?

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Hopefully by the time the school holidays start the majority of cyclists will be gone as too hot for serious cycling.
I'll be there during the school holidays but minus a bicycle this time with the children in tow.

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I have been informed by someone who is in the cycle business here, cyclists have to follow the laws as other vehicles. This includes not riding in pedestrian areas and pavements and not going the wrong way up one way streets.

This does make sense, I have to say I have witnessed locals disobeying the one way street rule in the past and they weren't 'lycra clad', just going about their daily business/shopping/work etc and I somehow doubt the same venom is shown towards them.

It is a shame that a selfish minority cause bad feeling for the majority. Safety for all, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians must be our first concern.
Agreed with the responsibility for safety in direct correlation with the vulnerability of the user therefore motorists having the most and cyclists should be looking out for pedestrians.

On my recent trip I was travelling along opposite the junction near Stay and as I got to the crossing a pedestrian was waiting to cross. I stopped on my bicycle remaining clipped on to the pedals and balancing myself in a track stand. The nice lady in question saw that I was balancing and waved me through to which I replied 'Muchos Gracias'. Bit of class that from her I thought

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But we all know that a considerable minority are not "following the laws". A couple of quick points, regarding my experiences yesterday afternoon, I was genuinely surprised that some of these guys were attempting to ride through the "narrow" part of the Pine Walk, that is past Corb Mari and on towards Little Italy, (in fact, in places) all the way up to the Illa 'Dor.

Secondly, and to be honest, this was early morning, just after 8.00am today, and there were very few people about, one chap came from the direction of the Sis Pins area towards the Dania and was absolutely flying, (on his bike!). Head down, pure concentration and he was seriously moving. I know Bradley Wiggins is reported to have an apartment in that vicinity, and believe me, it could have been him, (I'm no expert, but I doubt if even the great man himself could have gone any quicker).

As I said, there were very few people around, and he pretty much had the area to himself, but he was really shifting, and no, I'm not exaggerating.
This sort of action really angers me and again I cannot understand it knowing that area of the Pine Walk. It's narrow, a crazy rough surface with tree roots not to mention the pedestrians using it. How can any cyclist actually get enjoyment from cycling on there when the road surfaces on the main carriageways such as the ring road are so smooth in comparison to the roads here? That's one of my favourite things about cycling in Majorca along with the stunning views, challenging hills and of course the weather.
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