Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | 2:02 a.m.
As an avid cyclist and regular rider of the Pittman Wash Trail, I’m compelled to reply to the Saturday letter “Proper etiquette for bicyclists.” I’m in full agreement that bicyclists should ride in control and always yield to pedestrians. I find the vast majority of users, regardless of travel mode, do practice great “share the trail” etiquette.
That said, both etiquette and bad behavior are not group-selective. I have a couple of suggestions for my pedestrian friends that may help ensure our collective trail use is positive. First, please tether little Fufu. The last thing I want is to injure someone, a startled pet or myself because the dog is having a great time off-leash.
Second, be aware. I can announce “on your left” over and over, but if you’re enjoying your favorite tune through ear buds, talking on your cell or texting, you may very well be startled when I come by.
Third, and probably most important, practice the rules of the road. When walking as a group, or standing chatting with a friend, exhibit the common courtesy you would expect and move into your applicable travel lane when you see or hear a bike approaching. Most cyclists understand pedestrians rule, but we’re in this together and it’s incumbent we all, walking, running or riding, practice proper “etiquette” in our enjoyment of this great multiuse recreational asset.