Totally agree, they seem to think it's their "right" to own the path and everyone else is in the wrong. Get this a lot being a cyclist where every and any incident is automatically the cyclist's fault - doesn't help that the law backs this up so gives pedestrians free reign to do whatever.
I know pedestrians somehow expect me to ring my bell every time I approach from behind but on PSPs I think it should be expected there's going to be various path users and more often than not, ringing my bell creates more conflict and in half the cases, the pedestrian either has no idea what to do or else has to look around to see who's coming and invariably wanders across the path just at the wrong time.
Knew you'd pick up on that but pretty much every time someone looks around to see who's ringing the bell invokes a trip across the path.
I agree. I ring the bell about 50m prior... and when on foot I cough or bang my feet a bit as I've had pedestrians jump a lot when they're in their own world, and they're the ones without headphones in. Having said that, I don't ride past pedestrians fast nor close, fast riding is for roads or non-pedestrian areas, simple courtesy.
Unfortunately to some pedestrians, anything above ambling speed is considered fast! I've ridden past people (not crowds) at 20kph before and been told to slow down.