Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bike Path Etiquette

Hey, you on the bike! Yea, you with the headphones and no helmet, flying along at over 20 mph on Chicago's lakefront path. I know you're going that fast because I was going 19.6 mph when you flew past me. You nearly caused an accident - only avoided because the rest of us on the path were alert and riding (or running) responsibly.

If you don't care to protect your head with a helmet, that's your business. But the way you ride, it's only a matter of time before you cause a serious accident and that's everybody's business. You're not the only rider that chooses to cruise with headphones, oblivious to your surroundings. However, most of those listening to music are tooling along, staying to the right, and riding 8-10 mph. I still think they're irresponsible, but at least they're not creating havoc for others.

Pay attention and you'll see that the faster riders are wearing helmets and are not wearing headphones. Furthermore, when we pull out to pass someone, we announce ourselves, either calling out, "on your left" or ringing a bell.

Please get a clue - or get off the path.