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Old 09-19-16, 05:19 AM
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hmm, another editor
I've paced along and chatted with some guys who really blaze on greenways. One in particular was very fast and didn't ride with his hair on fire, at all, hitting his brakes to a virtual crawl to pass every single pedestrian.

Small children on bikes are immediate alarms - they always do the unexpected, and their perceptions are very close around them. I stopped in 4' one day when a child blazed into my path. His father apologized profusely, but I let him know it was no trouble at all.

My most dramatic stop ever was downhill and sweep right under a major highway. Kids were hiding/playing behind the overpass pylons. As always, rang my bell when I first saw them, but that proved to be a mistake. They were playing chicken with passing bikes, jumping across the greenway width just in front of bikes. The little bugger wasn't even close, I turned my bike sideways to stop it, and it stopped me with my spiked pedals in my shins. (I warned every approaching cyclist and reported them to the trail stewards.)
The scars are still there.

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Old 09-21-16, 06:04 AM
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hey, I had a 32 mi ride yesterday without a panic stop - note Tuesdays

The closest I came was rounding a climbing blind curve, anticipating a pedestrian I had just seen cropping the turn ahead of me. When I rounded the turn, he had a dog on a short leash, my bell rang instantly, and he heeled the dog.
He even apoligized and I told him, no need, you did great.
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Old 09-21-16, 07:53 AM
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I interviewed the dog for her perspective on the incident. Butterball said, and I quote, "Thought I smelled an old boyfriend and when I went to investigate some stupid two legger on a round thing nearly hit me...I'm considering suing for mental trauma and missing a potential hookup"...no other comments were available and Butterball began licking her a hole...sigh, dogs...
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the dogs are never the problem, but the masters
I know, the dogs think the master/servant thing is reversed and that's not a problem unless they're right.

ps - I also see dogs that automatically heel at the sound of a bike bell - that's the result of a smart dog and a smart master


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I too almost crashed on my road bike because of a yo-yo leash. I was riding about 18-20 mph on the right side of a street, and the dog owner went to cross the street to get to a sidewalk. The dog ran ahead and was all the way across the street when I was coming, with the owner still on the other side. I managed to brake hard and avoid the leash, but there was nothing the dog owner could have done once they realized they let the dog go too far. What if I was a car?
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