Monday, July 28, 2014

Biking Life: Leash trip wire

I bike 2-5 times a week (depending on squash that week), typically 15 miles at a time, on the Zorinsky Lake and north part of the West Papio Trail from Zorinsky to nearly Maple, and a couple of years ago on the Keystone Trail. I've never had an accident biking on the trails because I'm a very aware biker. I just wish I could say the same about everyone on the trails.

Yesterday's ride was no exception. The Menace of the Ride award goes to a middle-aged woman out walking her leashed dog. I was coming up behind them on an open straightaway, and was maybe 7 yards behind and just about to call out my pass. The woman decided this was exactly the spot where she wanted to turn around and head back the other way. This act amounted to setting up a leash trip wire with the dog on one end on one side of the trail, and the woman on the other end, with me caught in the middle and coming up fast.

In quick-reflex situations like this, it is never my first instinct to call out, or honk my horn if I'm driving, for example. Instead I simply take evasive action, and only later wish I had yelled out some colorful expletives. Fortunately, there was enough room in the grass to the right of the trail to avoid the accident, and that is the option I chose.

It never ceases to amaze me the lack of common sense of a lot of the people who use the trails. Is it so hard to look first and act second on the trail?