I have just returned to the UK from a trip encompassing Vancouver and Victoria (British Columbia), Seattle (Washington) and Portland (Oregon) and very nice it was too. Except that I was assailed in all of those cities by people riding bicycles on what I would call the pavement.
In the UK it is an offence to cycle on the pavement, unless otherwise stated - some are designated as being for mixed use but generally these will be away from the main pedestrian areas. However, that doesn’t prevent people from cycling where they shouldn’t and the police never bother doing anything about it (they’re too busy mopping up the blood after stabbings). The cyclists I encountered in the USA and Canada were all doing so in busy, bustling Downtown areas.
Can anyone enlighten me on the laws on cycling on the sidewalk in the cities mentioned above? Were the many, many cyclists I encountered doing so legally or otherwise? Should I have shouted “get off the pavement, you twat” at them, as I do over here?