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Next time I'm running over the freaking dog.

Old 11-12-08, 02:22 PM
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Next time I'm running over the freaking dog.

Riding in today, had a good ride going. Coming up on some lady with two annoying Paris Hilton style dogs, and go as far left on the MUP as I can get. Hit the bell AND call out "On your left" and one of the annoying mutts takes that as a cue to run directly in front of me. Lady's texting on the phone.

I lock up to a halt (MTB with discs *will* stop quick) and tell the lady to watch her $%# dog. Rest of the conversation goes like this:

Her: "Next time give notice"
me: "I did. You were too busy texting"
Her: "You were too late, give more notice next time"
Me: "Control your dogs next time"
Her: "My dogs are just fine"
me: "Ok then lady, next time I'm giving notice, then I'm running them the fawck over when they get in front of me"
Her: "It was all your fault"

That's it... I vented. But next time I ain't budging. Funnier part was that immediatly after there was a cross street, and one of the dogs went off on another cyclist dropping onto the trail behind me. Guess it was his fault too!
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Old 11-12-08, 02:27 PM
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Next time I'm running over the freaking dog.
Alternatively, run into her next time and explain you were avoiding her dogs.
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Old 11-12-08, 02:31 PM
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I always have in mind that if a dog jumps out in front of me it would be safer to run into the owner.




(warning: forum cliche coming)

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Old 11-12-08, 02:33 PM
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Tis dog avoiding season. yay
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Old 11-12-08, 02:38 PM
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One more reason not to ride on a MUP.
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Old 11-12-08, 02:39 PM
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^ That's about as logical as saying the potential to be crushed by garbage trucks is one more reason not to ride on the road.
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Old 11-12-08, 02:41 PM
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Not saying you don't have a right to ride there, simply saying I find riding on MUP too stressful and quite frankly more dangerous than the open road.
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Old 11-12-08, 02:45 PM
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Not all MUPs are created equal.
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Old 11-12-08, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by pathdoc View Post
Not saying you don't have a right to ride there, simply saying I find riding on MUP too stressful and quite frankly more dangerous than the open road.
Good for you and Allen, Texas. We should all live in Allen, Texas. Sounds like Allen, Texas is a great place for cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts alike.
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Old 11-12-08, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by pathdoc View Post
One more reason not to ride on a MUP.
There it is! The aforementioned cliche!
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Old 11-12-08, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
Riding in today, had a good ride going. Coming up on some lady with two annoying Paris Hilton style dogs, ...
Go rent "A Fish Called Wanda". I always get a warm fuzzy feeling watching the old lady with the (3...2...1) dogs.

I once approached a woman with two dogs on a generously wide MUP. Both she and the dogs were on the right half of the path with plenty of room for me to pass, so I swung over to the left to do so. As I announced "On your left" the stupid ***** freaked out, jumping to the LEFT directly in front of me and attempting to drag the dogs into my path as well. I say "attempting" because the dogs were both digging in their heels resisting being dragged in front of me with a "I DON"T WANNA DIE!" look in their faces.

I had to slam on the brakes to keep from hitting her and the leashes. And of course she informed me it was all my fault she was behaving like an moron.
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Old 11-12-08, 02:59 PM
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Ha! I've had the "give notice" bit hurled at me before when I have, in fact, been giving notice for quite some time while rolling down the path. Morons!
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Old 11-12-08, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
I once approached a woman with two dogs on a generously wide MUP. Both she and the dogs were on the right half of the path with plenty of room for me to pass, so I swung over to the left to do so. As I announced "On your left" the stupid ***** freaked out, jumping to the LEFT directly in front of me and attempting to drag the dogs into my path as well. I say "attempting" because the dogs were both digging in their heels resisting being dragged in front of me with a "I DON"T WANNA DIE!" look in their faces.

I had to slam on the brakes to keep from hitting her and the leashes. And of course she informed me it was all my fault she was behaving like an moron.
LOL. Sounds just like this morning!
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Old 11-12-08, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by pathdoc View Post
One more reason not to ride on a MUP.
I know. I'd much rather take the roundabout route on congested urban streets than take a MUP direct to within two blocks of my office door.

What was I thinking?
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Old 11-12-08, 03:03 PM
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Around here, people seem to have figured out how to control their dogs and keep those little clothesline leashes to a reasonable length; but there's the rare occasion when I have to use my full progression of warnings.

Warning 1: "Rider back. Hold your dog, please."
- if there's no response, we progress to

Warning 2: "On your left! Check your dog!"
- if still unresponsive, the final call is

Warning 3: "REEL IT IN OR I RUN IT DOWN"
(although I'm far more likely to avoid the dog and freight-train the handler)
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Old 11-12-08, 03:08 PM
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Seeing as most dogs have the intelligence of a 3-4 year old...run over the owner, the dogs don't know any better!!
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But what happens if the owner's pooch is a pit bull or similar...?
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Huck the dog, tailwhip the owner.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
Around here, people seem to have figured out how to control their dogs and keep those little clothesline leashes to a reasonable length...

I was cruising down a gravel MUP on a levee one evening at dusk. The path was lined with dense trees on both sides, making it even darker, and I was rushing to get home since I had no lights. Up ahead I saw a pedestrian well to the right, so I stayed in the middle of the path. Just as I passed them, I suddenly felt a drag on the bike and a "BZZZZZTTTTTT!!!!" filled the air. Yes, there had been a dog in the brush on the LEFT side of the path and the retractable leash was now looped around my headtube, deccelerating me like the arresting cable on an aircraft carrier.
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Those people with their dogs will NEVER learn. You cant educate someone who chooses to be stupid.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
I was cruising down a gravel MUP on a levee one evening at dusk. The path was lined with dense trees on both sides, making it even darker, and I was rushing to get home since I had no lights. Up ahead I saw a pedestrian well to the right, so I stayed in the middle of the path. Just as I passed them, I suddenly felt a drag on the bike and a "BZZZZZTTTTTT!!!!" filled the air. Yes, there had been a dog in the brush on the LEFT side of the path and the retractable leash was now looped around my headtube, deccelerating me like the arresting cable on an aircraft carrier.
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I've noticed that many folks act like they don't know what "on your left/right!" means. I'll usually yell it clear enough for anyone around to hear, then as I approach, they happen to glance, and jump startled. Or after yelling, they'll spin around in either direction looking confused, with that look like, "who's yelling at me?"
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Old 11-12-08, 03:37 PM
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I had a Chow on a MUP leap out while on leash. Earlier that day I had a pit leap out while on leash while I was passing on the road.
I suppose at that point I should stick to sidewalks.
Either that or realize the stuff happens no matter where you ride.
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I've noticed that many folks act like they don't know what "on your left/right!" means. I'll usually yell it clear enough for anyone around to hear, then as I approach, they happen to glance, and jump startled. Or after yelling, they'll spin around in either direction looking confused, with that look like, "who's yelling at me?"
In my experience, it is really safer *not* to alert pedestrians that you are passing, because so many of the freak out and jump the wrong direction, that you are *more* likely to collide than if you pass them w/o notice. In the latter case they will still freak out, but you are already safely past before they can jump in front of you.

That said, since I discovered my state has a law that mandates cyclists alert pedestrians before passing, I do now call out "On your left!", and often followup with "No, your *other* left!"

Incidentally, I have found that elderly people have the most sane and predictable reactions when I announce my presence.
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Originally Posted by oakback View Post
I've noticed that many folks act like they don't know what "on your left/right!" means. I'll usually yell it clear enough for anyone around to hear, then as I approach, they happen to glance, and jump startled. Or after yelling, they'll spin around in either direction looking confused, with that look like, "who's yelling at me?"
"On your left" I'm convinced doesn't work well with people who don't understand what it means. Better to have a bell, or simply shout, "Howdy."
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