And we’re definitely taking advantage of the gorgeous weather. Tonight that meant an almost 12 mile bike ride while we prepare for the MS 150. We weren’t the only ones enjoying the beautiful weather either. Our little trailway was packed with people walking, running, and riding. And while I loved seeing all of the people, there was also some frustrations. So, a letter to all of those people.
Dear People on the Trail,
It’s great that you’re out taking advantage of the beautiful weather and the miles of trails provided to us. But, seriously, use some common sense!
1. Don’t crowd the walkway. It’s great that you’re walking/running/riding with your friends/family. But you’re NOT the only ones out and about. Leave room for others to pass.
2. Dog people stop letting your dogs wander all over the trail, especially if you’re using a retractable leash! When I walk Ciera and Duncan I do my best to ensure they are close in to me, or if they will be at the full extent of the leash, then they are either right in front of me or off to the side on the grass. There’s nothing like actually having some decent speed, come around a corner and surprise! There’s a dog on a retractable leash stretched across the trail.
3. Bikers (and really, anyone else who has decided to take a break) when you take a break on the bridge to look down at the water, look around before you get back on your bike and start to ride again. Make sure there isn’t anyone else in the immediate vicinity that might have to make a sudden adjustment because you decided to start riding again just as that other person approaches; especially if your method of starting out involves swerving back and forth across the entire trail.
4. Bikers, I know there’s a lot of other bikers out there. But be kind and let me know when you’re passing. While I would love it if I was notified while walking the dogs (because, oddly, Duncan reacts to anything moving faster than us as it passes, except cars), at the very least you should be notifying other bikers when passing them. It’s polite. And obviously not something practiced much here.
Much appreciation for having consideration of those sharing the trails.