Boys, Belles, Bikes, and Bells.

I just posted this piece to Medium.

In a forest criss-crossed by tracks and trails of many different sorts, three types of users enter for their exercise, entertainment, and escape from the troubles of the world. Pedestrians vary from the agile runner in search of challenges, through dog walkers exercising their pets, groups sharing the social joys of outdoor connection with nature, and loners or couples walking for the love of nature, to the very aged seeking peace and a degree of isolation. Horse riders look for routes free from overhanging branches that might sweep them from their steeds as they explore the countryside from their high perches. Cyclists seem mostly in search the thrills to be had from speed and risks zooming down steep, irregular tracks. To continue reading please follow this link.

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10 thoughts on “Boys, Belles, Bikes, and Bells.

  1. I do worry about walkers who are plugged into music – they can’t hear anything coming! Much nice to hear the sounds of nature. And when the path is narrow, the bikers need to give a warning. Some around here have horns!

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    1. I agree, Noelle: why walk in nature and ignore the natural sounds that surround you? But it’s a personal choice, and I guess some propel just have so little spare time, they listen to audio books whilst walking their dogs.
      You’re lucky to have cyclists prepared to use horns to warn you, but such sounds can impact the local wildlife.


    2. tomaustin69

      There’s a wee problem with that, Noelleg44. Horns can echo in a large area. Another drawback would be if there were too many of them, it would be hard to distinguish echo from the rider who is about to plow into you.

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  2. I agree, Stuart. Cyclists are becoming less and less considerate of others using the trails. Even when they warn you that they’re coming, they’re often moving so fast that it’s hard to get out of the way on a narrow trail. In some situations, not moving out of the way quickly enough results sideswipes and angry shouting from the riders. Ugh.

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    1. Having been both cyclist and pedestrian for much of my life, I understand both points of view, Lynette. What I don’t accept, however, is the total lack of concern for other people shown by so many modern cyclists. It’s as if their position atop a bike saddle somehow removes their awareness of the danger they can be to pedestrians.

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