GTR1400MAN wrote:Err, fixed or not, corner with the pedal on the inside of the turn at the top of its rotation.
Maybe you're thinking of a single speed with freewheel? Freewheeling is not possible on a single speed fixed gear bike, at all times, forward or backward, if the rear wheel is rotating so do the pedals.
A single speed fixed gear is typically found on a track bike but requires a front brake fitted if used on the road. Single or multiple speed freewheel bikes are required to have front and rear brakes fitted when used on the road. It does not matter which brake operates on which wheel. The convention is that UK bikes have the rear brake on the left side of the handlebars but continental bikes have them on the right. Legally it does not matter.
At one time a fixed wheel was the choice for time trials for most riders, like myself, would have a single fixed speed gear on one side of the rear hub and a cassette set of gears on the other. That way we could have one bike, flip the wheel round and change the chain when competing in a time trial and reverse the process for day to day riding or when competing in a "massed start" (now known as "road race").
One way to spot a fixie bike rider is that you will notice that when stopped at traffic lights the rider lifts the rear wheel off the ground to rotate a pedal a little forward of top dead centre in order to prepare to push off.
Edited..Sorry "ancient" our posts crossed. You had already answered the point.