- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
I am on the trails and bike paths a lot. I bike, I run, I walk, I hike. I’ve also run in some races. I try to be courteous to others using the paths and I’m also very aware of what is going on around me. But I get so frustrated when I see other people who don’t seem to give a crap about other people using the same trails/paths.
Last night was the first time I went to the park with my bike and had my 15 month old son riding in his bike seat with me. The path is paved and fits 3-4 people across. I ride up being someone run/walking on the left side of the path. She decides to pass someone and start running again and moves to the right side of the trail. A man with a jogging stroller is approaching the bunch of us staying to his right side of the trail. I’m going slow, waiting for things to space out so I can pass the run/walker. She’s now running on the right side of the path and I have room to pass. I’m still going slow, and call out “passing on your left”. She didn’t hear me and was veering toward the left side of the path. I called out twice more, until I finally yelled out “on your left” as I was right on her. She literally swerved right in my way, even though at this point no one was on the path near us. She pulled her headphones out and yelled at me that I didn’t have to be mean. I slowed and said, “you need to be aware. I called out 4 times and you didn’t hear. You crossed the path without looking or being able to hear me coming”
I kept going, but I was fuming. You can’t have it both ways. If you are going to run with headphones in, then you need to be extra careful when you change your course and look around before you do so. There are dogs, bikes, strollers, walkers, runners and people on roller blades and the park is busy. I was following all of the trail etiquette – slowing down, giving right of way to the pedestrians, calling out that I was passing, and giving the runner lots of space. She nearly ran in to me, and if I hadn’t been paying attention, she could have run right into me as I passed her and my son could have gotten hurt.
This is the exact reason why I look before I cross the path, or even stop, so I don’t cut someone off. I pull off the path with my bike or stroller when I stop. I only run with one headphone in my ear so I can hear people coming. I stick to the right side of the trail and give right of way to the slower moving people until I can pass them with space. I know accidents happen and she didn’t intend to veer into us, but isn’t it the individual’s responsibility to be aware and considerate? Ignorace of the proper etiquette isn’t an excuse.
It drives me nuts that she yelled at me when she was the one being rude. And of course I got an adrenaline surge when I realized she might run into us and I’d crash, possibly injuring my son. My mama-bear comes out and I know that makes me a little on edge.
What do you do when you run into people who aren’t following trail/path/race etiquette? Do you say something?