A reader writes in that they are new to biking and bike on the Mall to get to work. She finds that pedestrians on the sidewalks and paths either don't move when she rings her bell or calls out, move the wrong way and/or give her a nasty look. She's tried many different calls and ringing early or late. But many don't move even when they see her coming at them. She is not interested in biking on Independence or Constitution because she's new to cycling and those don't feel safe to her.
I don't bike on the Mall (in part for the reasons she mentioned), but does anyone have any advice for her? If you bike commute on the Mall, how do you safely and courteously handle the crowds? The only thing I can think of as advice is "patience," but it hardly seems satisfying.