We like walking along the Rivers Trail between Schubert and Westmount School. So do a lot of other people.
It is a “share-the-path” situation with people on bikes.
One of the common topics of conversation is how often close calls happen with a pedestrian almost getting hit by a bike coming up from behind. The similar stories include the bike(s) are going too fast and also, give no warning to the pedestrian/pedestrians/pedestrians with dog(s) who likely have no idea what is coming up behind them.
A friend of mine came so close to being hit from behind he remembers his sleeve being contacted. The cyclist gave no warning whatsoever.
After supper last night we took our dog for a walk. It was windy and a bike was approaching us from behind. We had absolutely no idea it was coming. Our luck ran out. All I remember hearing is a “whoosh” very close to my left side and then seeing our dog get hit.
He was able to walk home. After having spoken with a vet over the phone, I was given some specific instructions for monitoring him and the option of bringing him in (close to 9 PM by this time). His gums are still pink and he is kind of tired because he was playing at a dog day care for about 6 hours yesterday. We’ll make an assessment in the next while and probably take him to see our own vet today.
The bottom line of the story: bikes are fun to ride but the operators have a responsibility to others. Pedestrians don’t have eyes in the backs of their heads. There may be children or pets that can’t initially be seen. A shared trail is NOT a speedway. Pedestrians do have the right of way even if it seems inconvenient to slow down when approaching them.
We checked with the cyclist to see if she was OK. She was visibly shaken and upset but she said she was not injured.