Bicycle Etiquette – Trails
I don’t want to spend too much time or effort on Suburban Assault, complaining about cyclists – but every once in a while, I need to vent.
Part of my commute takes me on a nice multi-purpose trail. I’m typically cautious on these types of routes, since we share them with pedestrians and, sometimes, their four-legged companions. Not only do I ride a bit slower, but I’m extremely polite to everybody that I pass – which I always announce.
One morning, a couple of weeks ago, I moved over to the left (of course after announcing it) to pass around a lady and her dog. As I was pulling back over to the right lane, this rude, selfish, idiot speeds through and squeezes between us. He didn’t announce his presence, barely missed the pedestrian and positioned himself in the blind spot of the direction I was merging. We nearly collided, but I quickly cut back to the left and let him pass.
In retrospect, I should have confronted this jerk, really give him a piece of my mind and explain to him some trail etiquette. But I was so caught off guard with this dangerous maneuver, that all I could manage to shout was, “BE CAREFUL!” He didn’t even acknowledge me.
I’m going to chalk this up as an inexperienced rider. Judging from the low seat-height, his lack of helmet (I support your freedom to choose – that’s why I wear one) and his poor actions on the trail – I’m assuming that he just didn’t know. I hope he figures it out soon, before he ends up hurting somebody – or himself.