On my weekday rides, I ride to a local park that has a 2.5 mile MUP around the perimeter. I do two loops and then head back.
On weekends I avoid this MUP (particularly on Saturdays) since it is very crowded and most are not well behaved.
On this mornings ride I saw more issue than I had ever previously encountered in one day.
- As I was approaching the park I noticed a Ninja cyclists run the red light to get to the MUP
- Multiiple walkers dressed head to toe in black
- A second Ninja cyclist on MUP
- Two folks walking dogs off leash
- Multiple piles of dog s#$t left on the MUP
All of this was between ~ 6:40-7:20a. The earlier time is quite dark, with the latter about ten minutes before sun rise. Portions of the MUP are fairly well lit, but others are blind corners with no lights in the vicinity.
I ride this trail 4-5 times a week, usually at about the same time. Pedestrians in black (or dark colors) are usually the only issue, but with my light I can see them early enough to avoid with no problems and I try to limit my speed on the MUP to less than 10-12mph.
The Ninja cyclists were a problem since they were going in the opposite direction and I would estimate their speed at closer to 16-18mph. We closed very fast and I didn't have as much notice they were there. Which only caused one close call when they came around a dog walker into my path.
I just don't understand people. Being selfish enough to not care about the safety of others is something I've come to expect. But being so careless with one's own safety (running red light on moderately busy street, wearing black to walk in the dark on a MUP)...
I just don't understand how people can be so stupid.
If more mornings were like this, I would need to find an alternative daily route.