People using the trail need to be more aware of others using the path. One group should not spread itself across the entire path. People with small children need to watch them more carefully, especially when they are too young to know the difference between right and left. Children on tricycles or bicycles with training wheels should ride single file in front of or behind an adult or between two adults. When they straggle all over the path, they endanger everyone. Also people who cannot control their dogs or let their dogs roam at will are a danger. Today was a beautiful day after several days of heavy rain, and the path was crowded. It’s great that the path is so well used, but many people are not mindful enough of those around them. In a book that I recently read, I came across an old expression that applies here, “Remember, you are not the only pebble on the beach.”
People with dogs on the bike path can be a real pain, especially those with more than one dog. Today as I came to a crossroad on the path, there was a young mother pushing a stroller with a dog tied to each side of the stroller. As if that were not enough, from the opposite direction came an elderly couple with two dogs. Naturally this couple stopped to admire the young mother’s dogs, thus blocking the entire path. I dismounted from my bike and asked if it were possible for me to get past. The mother did have the grace to apologize. Now I can understand stopping to admire a baby or a child, but the great fuss these days about dogs seems a bit extreme to me. One day I actually heard a woman in reference to her dog say, “We were one year old on such and such a date. ” Dogs used to be pets, but now they seem to be accessories and objects of fanaticism.