Saturday morning there were a lot more people on the Iron Horse trail than there were last week. We decided it is because school is starting on Monday so lot's of people were out and about. This made our ride more challenging. There are a lot of people who don't seem to know how to behave on a MUT.
Sometimes I think it is a cultural thing because it seems many of them may be immigrants and perhaps in other countries traffic doesn't keep right as it does here. It would seem obvious that they are coming face to face with disgruntled, curious and frustrated people approaching them as they walk on the left and we are all on the right and trying to get around them safely...
Other times it is a simple lack of concern for others - those off leash dog people allowing their pets to dash all over the road; others with dogs on the leash but allowing the dog to wander across the trail (I have seen other trail users tripped and nearly garroted.) The chatting walkers, two and three abreast without moving in the face of oncoming traffic, the cross country team which seems to think they need to run in a pack, 4 and 5 abreast; the large family on a multitude of transportation forms
|Why okay for pedestrians but not bikes?|
And lest I come off as some sort of trail ogre, I generally remain friendly and just deal with stuff as it comes. I thanked a family last week for verbally reminding their kids to stay to the right when there were other trail users coming. I call out "on your left" and use my little bell to warn others I am behind them. I had one older woman grab her meandering husband and pull him out of the middle of the trail. She said "he can't hear" I suggested she walk on the inside and keep him on the far right of the trail and she kind of had that "light bulb moment."
That said, I do ride in fear when we are around others on the trail - that someone will knock me off my bike or run me off the trail - or worse, hurt someone else. When we rode in Monterey last month the trail was clearly marked with lines and directions and reminders to keep to the right and leave the center of the trail for passing but people just don't pay attention or care or What? I don't get it.
Anyway, we had another good day on the bikes. I can feel Fall coming. Soccer teams have replaced the baseball and softball teams out on the fields. Acorns are starting to drop and the leaves are losing their greenness. The first apples arrived at the Farmer's Market and a big garden we pass all the time has some whopping big pumpkins on the vines.