To the Editor:
Whatever happened to bicycle etiquette? In the last few weeks, the bicyclists have been out in force, and I – for one – am tired of almost getting run over by them while I walk at the parks.
Before I sat down to write this letter, I thought I would check the Internet and see what it says about bicycle etiquette. I looked under sharing bicycle trails and pedestrian paths. It simply brings up the issue that pedestrians – just like bicyclists – get frustrated with each other, but they both have to remember that other people have the right to use the pathway.
It also goes on to say walkers should try and stay to the right of the path, but it also goes on to say the bicyclists should give ample warning when passing, a simple “on your left” or “on your right.” It doesn’t really take that much effort. It also recommends bicyclists slow down when approaching pedestrians.
As a pedestrian that likes to enjoy the park with a dog, I have found that none of the bicyclists even bother to say anything. They whiz by, not even considering that my dog might get in the way and accidentally knock them off their bike.
I am happy to move over and shorten my leash. If I am not given warning, I cannot really be responsible. Like them, I want to enjoy nature and a nice walk; I really shouldn’t have to worry about being run over or my dog being hurt.
My reason for writing is in hopes that the people that whiz through Mount St. Mary and Wheeler Park give me the courtesy of a heads up. I really shouldn’t have to be, as you might say, constantly checking my rear view mirror. I am really tired of having to look over my shoulder constantly because of their lack of courtesy.
I understand these are not all laws, but as a pedestrian I would like to enjoy my walks just like the bikers want to enjoy their ride. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy oneself at the parks and not have to be stressed out that I’m going to get hit, or my dog, or that you might get knocked off your bike? A simple “on your right” or “left” in plenty of time for a pedestrian to react would be nice.