(Closed) trail/bike path etiquette – rant

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mrstilly:  I think if people aren’t following trail/path/race etiquette than they either don’t know or don’t care.  If they don’t know, then being chewed out (not intentionally, but that’s how it comes across because of tone, etc.) doesn’t help.  If they don’t care, then no amount of educating helps.

Race etiquette is so poor here that I would guess less than 10% of people know what to do in a race.  I once almost ran over a group of people in a 5K at the finish because they *stopped* and lingered immediately after the finish line.  There was no room to “run out” safely.

And I know this is not exactly the same, but the other day my boyfriend and I literally got driven off the freeway because some idiot decided he needed to be in our lane to make his exit.  My bf honked and honked, but the guy either didn’t here or refused to notice us.  We ended up having to take the exit because the guy was so pushy.  I’m pretty sure getting out of the car and berating the guy on his driving skills would not be a wise thing to do.

Post # 4
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I usually just ignore it, honestly, unless it’s someone being really stupid. Most people on our trails stay pretty aware/adhere to the rules, although we’ve had people who take up the entire path across, which is annoying when you’re on a bike.

Post # 5
7606 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@mrstilly:  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.

I agree!  If you can’t hear someone ringing their bell or calling out a warning, that’s dangerous.

Post # 6
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was talking to someone about this exact topic just yesterday! It seems that like many things (particularly riding public transportation), there is a huge behavior difference between the “commuters” and the “tourists.”  I ride the Metro to work every day, and the commuters know not to stand on the left side of the escalators and get out of the way of the doors and all that, because when you ride during rush hour, you have to do that or you’ll get yelled at every single day. I think the path users are the same way!

The only time I run on the Mt. Vernon trail is in the mornings to the office sometimes. The path is pretty full at that time with people riding their bikes to work — commuters like me. And we are like a well-oiled machine, staying in our lanes, signaling when we’re going to stop or make a turn, getting out of the way if you need to tie your shoe or anything like that. So I have never had a problem. But if you’re on the path during “tourist” hours, god help you! It’s a free-for-all!

Post # 7
3240 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Do you have a bell? The high pitched sound quite often comes through better than avoice over someone’s earphones. 🙂 I’m sorry she was hogging a trail.

Post # 8
1402 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Unfortunately, I think a lot of people are ignorant of trail etiquette.  I would have been steaming had that happened to me.  That is incredibly frustrating!

Post # 9
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@iarebridezilla:  I learned this when I dated a guy in DC. I’ve taken friends to visit the area and I was always pulling them to the side behind me! Around my parts, no one walks the escalator but I use the DC etiquette now.

@mrstilly:  People in our parks do this too. Its really annoying when you’re going quick enough that a collision would hurt. I also get nervous because I had a nasty spill 2 years ago and needed stitches.  I would be just as upset as you!

Post # 11
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Argh, this makes me mad FOR you! I’ve had similar experiences with people being oblivious with their headphones on, but nothing quite that bad.

Post # 12
1152 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I hate this type of trail etiquette- its like a road.  You run/bike/walk on the right and pass on the left.  I mostly run on a running-only path, but when there are people on bikes around me, i make sure to runin a straight line or look behind me as if i were driving a car before i veer out into the middle of the road- especially wearing headphones.  its not just an etiquette thing, its a safety thing.  That said, the amount of times i have been doing speedwork on the trail, and passed a biker, and had them yell at me for the simple fact that i was going fast is too many times to count. Annoying, capital A. 

Urgh…and races, don’t get me started.  I run a 7:50 /pace for shorter races, putting me in the third corral at most local races.  The best thing is when the people sneak into my corral from the back and try to go “Fast,” and by fast I mean WALK FIVE IN A ROW in front of me, while I am gunning for a far faster pace. 


Post # 13
46612 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s not just an issue for trails. People today don’t know how to walk on sidewalks either. I live right downtown and everyday face a situation where 3-5 (mostly young) people are walking abreast on the sidewalk . They make absolutely no move to leave room on my right when I am approaching.

I am so tired of it that I have changed my approach. I just tighten up all my left shoulder muscles and hit the poor person on the right straight on, much like a linebacker in football.

I simply refuse to believe that I am expected to step into the street so they can continue to occupy the whole sidewalk. Did these people’s parenta not teach them to walk on ther right? If they did,time for remedial walking lessons.

Post # 14
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Anise:  Ohh the stopping in a race kills me. Also people who walk three across on trail or sidewalk while runners or cyclists are trying to go by at a faster pace. It’s great that people are out there getting their exercise but geez be aware and understand that you don’t own the place. Share the trail, be aware!

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