A general rule of the road says that with intermixed modes of locomotion (cars, bicycles and pedestrians; boats and swimmers, etc.), the faster must watch for, and defer to, the slower. And, in fact, there is a law that prohibits “reckless bicycle riding,” which would encompass traveling at unsafe speed for any given location or conditions.
But, again, the name “Bikeway” has created a problem. It has given some bicycle users a sense of ownership to it, which has led them to ride way too fast; to become enraged at walkers, toddlers, dogs, roller-bladers, or others who drift into “their” lanes; and to put other users and themselves in great danger.
Gaskill says he “use[s] the bike path multiple times each week in pursuit of fitness,” that he would “ride?.?.?.?24 to 30 miles” at a time, and that in an accident with a skateboarder, the collision occurred despite his “hard braking [that] could not stop me in time, even though I had previously slowed to about 10 mph.” All this, if not the accident itself, suggests that Gaskill rides the pathway at speeds that are excessive and unsafe.