- 7 skate boarders – that were not about to relinquish the “right of way” and would just as soon run us over than move over.
- 14 bike riders – some young people; some old enough to know better. Some were riding two abreast – hard to do on Sunset Cliffs, while some were in single file.
- 4 people pushing strollers – they thanked me when we moved over
- 2 people using “in-line” skates
- 9 people walking/running dogs, one running his dog while on his bike
- 10 people just walking – two abreast – and did not think it was necessary for them to walk single file past this old lady and older dog!
- 3 joggers
I guess times have changed. I thought when you ride a bike, at least the adults that ride theirs, one should not ride on the sidewalk. And, wrongly, I guess, that if you are “biking your dog” or whatever the vernacular might be, they, too, belong on the street. It’s one thing to be run over by a bike; it’s another thing to have their dog lunge at my dog saying “get out of my way.”
And how about those skate-boarders? I don’t know how fast they are going, but it is a hell of a lot faster than Buddy and I are walking. One nearly clipped Buddy today as he soared past us.
The bike riders kind of sneak up on us. So do the joggers. Unless they are panting very hard, we don’t hear them, and then, lo and behold, they are practically upon us. It may not freak Buddy out, but it sure does me!
And the skaters! Man they move fast. And, sometimes when Buddy hears them he tries to move, too, but not always in the right direction. Why is that? you ask. Because they are zigzagging all over the sidewalk. It’s not like they can’t see this 108 pound dog and his mistress, who weighs considerably more than the dog, at a distance.
Some people are friendly; some are not. Some stop and ask if they can pet Buddy. He loves that, because if he sits quietly and suffers through their ministrations, he gets a doggy treat. Sometimes I have even been known to stop and talk to someone along the way. Yeah! He gets a treat then, too.
I’m not asking for these people to be ticketed, or thrown in jail. All I am asking for is a little courtesy. Neither of us “own” the walkway; it is just polite not to run over the little old lady and her dog. Particularly her dog. If you see people ahead of you, slow down and move over. If I see people coming at me that is what I do, but for the people behind me I am stuck because I don’t see them. Let’s keep the outing fun instead of an obstacle course filled with bruises and sprained ankles.