skyhawk wrote:Or not whatever the case.
Having just returned to cycling my main fear is coming off, at 61 I am not old but not a teenager.
We are using the Swansea (will find more) coast path, nice cafe and sun, oh also Anglesea by the coast LOVELY places, so clean and tidy.
However already I have had a bust up with a tourist from Devon who without warning allowed her dog full run of the 30' lead, her reply was, bloody cyclists how dare you endanger my dog.
She was walking in the direction I was travelling so had no idea of cyclist coming from behind. Thankfully as with driving I missed it as anyone knows you are always ready for the other person to do something stupid, but it was close.
"We have no trouble on Devon cycle paths where I live, cyclists show more care and consideration"
From today camera on helmet, are there any rules on cycle paths, I have emailed the Council to ask but these days you never ever see dog wardens etc.
Some people who are startled or feel that one of their dependants (child, dog, etc) is at risk get aggressive, they shouldn’t do it automatically but they do. I think that when things go wrong or badly the most useful thing to do later is to reflect on how I could have managed the situation better. In this case making people aware has already been mentioned, and being friendly is almost always better than being argumentative. Please learn not to worry about who is right or wrong because what’s actually important is for you to be safely on your way and to do so without making enemies.
Dogs are dogs, most folk love them and typically all that Dogs want is a pat and some kind words. Yes Dogs can be a hazard to cyclists but there are much worse hazards to look out for, give yourself a treat: learn to love dogs - but obviously do it with care.