Wow, some people. You know how when you’re biking down a trail and about to pass someone you should say, “Passing on the left” or “Coming around” or something? I always do that, even if there’s plenty of room to go around; it prevents startling them if they’re deep in concentration, and don’t realize that a bike is coming up behind them. I usually add a friendly “Good morning.”
Most folks indicate appreciation with a “Thank you” or a wave of acknowledgement.
But this morning one jogger responded angrily, “You’ve got the whole damn path!” True, he was on the side and I had plenty of room to pass. But I wasn’t asking him to move: I was just alerting him, as I do, that a bike was about to appear beside him.
It’s a courtesy to alert folks that you’re about to pass them. It’s also a courtesy to respond graciously.
And by the way, we are mighty fortunate to have these wonderful trails; it’s a big part of what makes this such a special place. The people on the trails — most of them — are pretty special, too.