To all cyclists, past, present and future in Canmore (and probably Banff as well), I have but two things to say to you all as you head out on the trails, sidewalks and whatever else you see fit to spoil for everyone else and that is: slow down and use your bell – assuming you have one as required by bylaw.
If no bell, then at least show some common courtesy and shout out that you are approaching people from behind so they can move and not be mowed down, as I am on a regular basis.
We are not telepathic and I will happily move if someone politely asks me to or rings their bell. I will not, however, move when you choose to do otherwise and get right behind me, then get annoyed as I walk my dogs in your path and you are forced to slow down.
Even when I do move, the level of ignorant cyclists drives me insane; no thank yous or anything for moving over. As usual, the few (too many in this town) give everyone a bad name.
Not being a lover of cyclists, or of having you using (hogging) the trails, I get even more ticked off when you think the trails are there for your exclusive use – they’re not.
So the choice is yours – stop flying around blind corners at ridiculous speeds, out of control, showing total lack of consideration for other trail users and get a bell.
Is it truly too much to ask?
If so, then be prepared to do some serious ‘doggy dodging’, ‘cos I ain’t movin’ for anyone if they can’t express a simple please (bell ring) or thank you.
So, can I look forward to maybe hearing the sound of bells ringing as I head out on the trails this year? I wonder.