This morning Tony and I put our bikes in he car and drove to Forest Park (the area's largest urban park) for a ride before we went out to lunch. The park has a nice set of parallel trails (paved for 'wheels' and unpaved for 'heels') that loop around the outer edges. Despite the dual trails, we still had to dodge innumerable people walking and jogging in the bike lanes.
WHY do they do that?!?
I'm far from a professional bicyclist, preferring to putter along at 10-12 miles per hour (and slightly less than that on hills). Even at that speed, though, I'm much faster than anyone on their feet. At first I offered a polite “Passing on your left” every time I went by someone, but I soon I noticed that most walkers had their music going and couldn't hear what I said, anyway. The issue was particularly tricky when there was a cyclist coming from the other direction. Then it was like trying to navigate a two-lane road and deciding when to pass the slow-moving vehicle in front of you.
If I was in charge, the mom running next to her looked-to-be-about-6-years-old daughter riding on her bike would be allowed on paved trail, as would the people pushing strollers (because it's hard to push those small wheels on gravel). Everyone else would be shoo'd off and told to go to their own side.
Five years ago today: I'm Dreaming Of Some Cool Weather