This has been brewing for a while but finally this mornings incident has compelled me to say something. This morning on my commute to work I came within inches of doing serious injury to both myself, my bike and less importantly a dog as it ran in front of me while I was sailing along at approx 30km/h. This woman was out walking her dog without a lead attached and the dog, being a dog, was just wandering all over the bike path (it is a shared pedestrian path as well but "share" is supposed to have meaning for both parties). I locked up the brakes and skidded sideways on the semi-wet path, the dog just managing to move out of the way at the very last instant allowing me to ease off on the brakes and regain some sort of control over the bike again. The woman made no attempt to call her dog or restrain in in any way either before, during or after the event. No apology from her either. Not a word.
I didn't bother to stop because I could tell by her ignorance that there was nothing to be gained and I would probably just get into a pointless argument with her over the incident. But as I rode off I couldn't resist telling her to put the dog on a lead. Still no acknowledgement from her.
If she has no respect or worry for me she should at least have some for the dog and keep it under control. Bike and rider meeting dog at 30km/h could cause some serious injuries.
I see unrestrained dogs being walked all the time on the paths, in fact I have taken to going a different way home to avoid an area where there are a lot of these. THis is the closest call I've had to date though.