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Road Rage…dog and bike version

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     There are two paths in my city that are used by cyclists, dog walkers, and anyone else that likes to go for a stroll. They are separated by a scenic parkway and this is all between the city and the river so it’s quite picturesque. For the most part dog walkers and cyclists get along. The cyclists will ring their bell and we (dog walkers) step aside to let them pass. All and all not a bad system. But as in most situations there is always someone who rocks the boat. So far I haven’t heard of any dog walkers causing a problem to the cyclists but that’s only because I don’t ride a bike. I’m sure there have been incidences where some have been caught in the path of an on coming bike. However I’ve had a few problems with cyclists, one of them being last weekend. I stopped to talk to someone with 3 dogs (lucky!) and made sure there were no bikes bearing down on us. All of a sudden as I started to move on we heard the squealing of brakes and loud swearing. I turned in time to see this girl on a bike cycling towards at us at 800 miles an hour. Okay a slight exaggeration but she was going fast. We weren’t on the path so she wouldn’t have had any trouble passing us, if she’d been going slower. To top it off she didn’t have a bell so I said it might help if she had one to ring. She just turned and yelled “as if it would make a difference” before speeding on her way. Well!

     Anyway this was on the path by the river which does have more cyclists and we rarely walk there because of that. And after that little episode we won’t be going that way any time soon.

One response »

  1. That’s a bit upsetting, I think that there should be a separate lane for cyclists, especially if they’re flying along at a rate of knots.


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