May 7, 2016 at 5:34 pm #810603
Newish to the scene not new to mtbing. Just a note after riding yesterday in the Don on a glorious day. When riding by someone (walker, runner, jogger, rider) say hello. i know, I know, I know this is Toronto and keeping your head down and being grumpy is what you all do here and I’m not saying I am not a grump. You are riding your bike on some pretty kick ass trails in the middle of a city (Shout out to all you trail builders. Big Thanks to making me feel like a kid in a candy shop every time I ride the DON). What you are too in the zone on your “training” ride to give a head nod or a wave in your oxygen debted state? Right!! Woman or man,, “Hi” is not a pick up line it is a greeting here in this so called diverse city we call home. Appreciate we have ravines and nature and a getaway from the ratnest of roads and condos and be civil to those sharing those sharing the same beauty. I not saying you need to be friends but really insects have better manners than we do.May 7, 2016 at 10:09 pm #810608May 7, 2016 at 11:30 pm #810609
Easy to say one should do all that. There are times when it’s understandably not going to happen as people expect.May 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm #810636
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Your post is so spot on I wish I could ‘Thanks’ you more than once.
Funny, because I was literally going to post something along the lines of what you posted. Take this morning for example: there are people I pass every single morning in the exact same spot at the exact some time on my commute to work – everyday – who have not, in oh, 5 years said ‘Hi’ back despite my doing so – everyday. Seriously, you are on your bike riding along the lake – sure, you may be on your way to work and that may suck but you are on y’er damn bike!
I am not asking for a “How’s you Father and to mind the step children”, a simple nod or ‘Hello’ back would be just fine, hell, civil even. In my opinion, and feel free to correct me, I agree fully with the original post. There is no reason NOT to return a ‘hello’ or nod of the head. Not returning a kind salutation just makes you look like a d-bag.
Reminds me of this trail sign I posted awhile back.
Attachments:May 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm #810652
I thought this post was going to go far beyond a “hello”
– wear a helmet
– use a bell
– CLIMBERS HAVE THE RIGHT AWAY
– don’t ride and wear headphones with tunes blasting so you can’t hear your surroundings
– when passing, let people know how may people are riding with you (solo, two, three, etc)
Sorry, have noticed a lot more clueless riders of late. /end rant
I love the Don, trails, builders and the vast majority of riders, it would just be nice to post some signage on trail etiquette.May 12, 2016 at 10:58 am #810674
I remember much of the Don being like that years ago when I rode. Certainly some friendly folks, but I always felt the community to be “prickly” in the city.
One thing I love about Durham, for the most part riders greet each other (but we get our fair share of douche bags when the good weather comes and the urbanites range out further, and some horse people really need to chill out… will always bother me when someone brings a skittish horse to a public mixed use trail system and I’m expected to stop, dismount and be a statue so they’re 1200lb nervous nelly can get by).May 13, 2016 at 3:40 pm #810710
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