Over the last few weeks, I've been taking my dog and bicycle to the off leash dog park at Chatfield state park. This way, he gets to run more(half husky), and I get to ride around some.
Today, I passed a lady that wanted to confront me. She started off ok with her words, though her tone was quite mean. Asking if I would not ride my bike through the dog park, and saying that bikes aren't allowed*. I did everything I could to not resort to calling her names(like land whale, fat cow, etc...), when she decided the conversation(confrontation really) wasn't going her way, and called me a selfish bastard for riding my bike in the dog area. I rode away.
I stopped at the parking lot and read both signs. At the 2nd lot(where I parked), I even called the number for the park. Specifically asked them if bicycles are prohibited in the dog park, and they told me no. By the time I was off the phone, the lady had appeared to get into her Expedition. I felt the need to point out to her that they are not prohibited, and what the 2nd sign says. Which she promptly went over and read(after apparently not understanding the word concurrent). Said something about working on getting bikes banned from the training area now, which I very highly doubt she can do.
Just had to rant a little bit, since I restrained myself from calling her names. Had I called her names, I'd probably feel a lot better right now, but the walker/bicycle situation would probably be worse. And, as a side note, this is really a dog training area, and the people that go to train their dogs to hunt & retrieve, have complained about all the dog walkers at the park.
*There are 2 parking lots. Each has a sign. At one, it says bicyclists and rollerbladers to use the C470 trail, at the other, it states to watch for concurrent bicycle traffic.