I spend a lot of time on the rail trail. I run and bike there. I mostly run but because I need to take a short hiatus on running I should probably start biking more often! But when I am running it never fails that I encounter bikers (and why not, its a great trail)! Now don't get me wrong, most bikers are friendly and don't mind sharing the path but every once in a wile I encounter one that makes me want to say these things out loud!
1. When you pass a runner, don't pick up speed and spin stones. ( this path is not all paved)
2. If after 5 hot and sweaty miles I am going to work up enough energy to lift my hand and wave or actually say "good morning" you can at least acknowledge me, with a wave or nod or something!
3. As you are passing a runner, don't be afraid to holler out "on your left" so we know you are coming behind us.
4. If we are sharing a narrow part of the path, please consider that the runner may already be exhausted and it may be easier for YOU to move over than it is for the runner (Maybe, I may just be getting lazy on this one).
5.On the same note as above, don't be the path police! Case in point, my mom and I were on the trail together. We were side by side so we could talk, but when a biker would come, one of us would move over. One lady passed us the other day and hollered at us saying "Get in single file"! First of all, we had already both moved over so she had plenty of room . Yea, I admit I did actually say out loud this time "Who are you, the path police?" Too bad it wasn't loud enough for her to hear it!
Once again, I do want to stress that most bikers are pleasant, there's just always those select few that make me have these thoughts. Of course I take these things into consideration when I'm on my bike too.
What things would you want to say to bikers on your path? -M
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