So we're making our way, enjoying the nice day, when a cyclist approaches in front of us about 100 ft away. He clearly sees us in our position and I kindly guesture to him to move over to the right (his left), where there was lots of trail space. But he just continued spinning the pedals as if to prove a point that this is his trail and he ain't moving. Well since he clearly wasn't going to move, I moved over with about 10 ft to go, but poor Tucker was scared by the oncoming cyclist, still pedaling toward us. His sudden shock tripped me up and down I went to the ground all because this idiot cyclist refused to share the trail in a way that was safest for both of us.
Now let's pause for a second to think about what the conscientious person would do when witness to someone going down. I would hope that you would dismount off your bike and make sure both myself and Tucker were ok or at least stop to act as if you didn't mean to make that happen. I mean, you just ran 2 people off the trail because of your selfsihness to own the trail. But that's not what happened....of course.
|Small scrapes, but Tucker is ready to kill!|
The moral of the story here is that some people are really inconsiderate of others on the trails. Now I certainly ride my bike enough to know that not everyone follows proper etiquette of staying to the right, passing on the left. But I also know that certain circumstances may constitute a slight tweak to those rules. And in those cases, I'd always try to communicate with those involved. And in fact, others have done the same for me. Mind you, I run on this section of trail multiple times a week with Tucker and have done the same exact thing without issue, whether it be other runners, walkers, cyclists, or roller bladers. I stay to the left in that section so that Tucker can be off the trail to give others more space to move around us. So I really don't think I was in the wrong. This was also confirmed by his only response of "Stay to the right". He clearly felt he owned the trail and everyone else should cater to him.
What would you have done - besides chase him down and have your dog bite him?