Aggressive riders must stop

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Editor,

Once again, as soon as the weather turns nice the problem of aggressive bike riders on the Monon Trail is back. Everyone has seen them – dressed in their fancy bike outfits flying in and out of walkers screaming “on your left.” If they want to train for the “Tour de France,” use the dedicated bike lanes on the streets, not the Monon Trail during peak usage hours. Last time I checked, slower moving trail users have the right-of-way. Just because you scream “on your left” doesn’t mean slower trail users need to jump completely off the trail so you don’t have to slow down. Those bikes have brakes – learn how to use them.

Last weekend, I experienced two near misses of being run-over by ABRs. If I would have been walking my dog on the second incident my dog would have been hit by the bike. The rider even had the nerve to yell get out of my way. ABRs need to slow down or ride on off hours before someone gets seriously hurt.

Regards,

Becky Feigh

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  1. Instead of complaining about aggravated bikers, why don’t you attempt to understand why they have become so irate. Might it be because there are many users of the trial who are completely oblivious to their surroundings and other users?

    As an avid runner, I can attest to the aggravation caused by walkers sauntering four and five abreast, typically crossing the yellow line and blocking opposing users of the trail. Many times, one will pass multiple groups of walkers exhibiting this characteristic. Remember that even though pedestrian have right of way, they are also to keep to the right. As to your comment instructing bikers to refrain from using the the trail during peak hours, this defeats the idea of the trail being multi-use. A biker could just as easily say that for safety, people who are only walking their dog should use only side walks during peak hours as animals can behave erratically and place others in danger.

    It may be that some bikers would be prudent to slow down, but an irate biker is also a symptom of a larger problem.

  2. I’ve experienced this as well with bikers. Unfortunately, it will probably take a few of these bikers running over people a few times for any action to be taken.

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