Common courtesy conquers the perils of the bike path

DEAR ABBY: "On Foot in Orlando" (Nov. 23) wrote about being nearly run down by bicycles going too fast, especially when they don't warn that they're approaching. When I'm on my bike, I always slow down and call out "On your left!" to warn the walker that I'm passing.

On the other hand, while I'm riding, I frequently encounter walkers three or four abreast, or pedestrians walking dead center or meandering zigzag down a path. In those cases, I ring my bell, say, "On your left," and slow almost to a complete stop &

only to be totally ignored, leaving me with no alternative but to ride on the grass. Sometimes the three-abreast walkers are coming straight at me and clearly see me, but still won't move over and give me enough space to pass them.

The obvious solution is for walkers and riders to be considerate of one another, recognizing that we share a common road through life.


DEAR CELIA: I agree with you on that. Good manners can smooth many potentially abrasive situations. Obviously, the rule should be to use caution on shared pathways, whether you are walking or riding &

and instead of taking for granted that you have the right of way, show consideration for others and practice good manners.

Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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