Susan Stewart: Path problems |

Susan Stewart: Path problems

Susan Stewart

Ms. Haseloh’s letter (“Share the path,” SDN letters July 2) was full of righteous indignation but not much logic. She admits there were no articles announcing the Avon Walk but nevertheless blames bikers for being on the path. I was one of those bikers and my first thought was that someone should have closed the bike path for the walkers. My second thought was that if the organizers of the walk couldn’t get the path to their cause, they should have instructed the walkers on how to safely SHARE the path. If instructions were given, they were ignored. I repeatedly had to wave women walking three and four abreast over onto their side of the path so I could pass. Often they ignored me or looked annoyed. The grimaces Ms. Haseloh saw may have been caused by bikers trying to figure out how to get past the walkers safely. At times we were forced to go so slowly we could barely maintain balance, and sometimes the walkers seemed to have no consideration for our safety or their own.

I am supportive of anyone trying to find a cure for breast cancer and would support dedicating the bike path to that cause for one day, but don’t blame bikers for the problems caused by poor planning. And for heaven’s sake, don’t be so petty as to wish inappropriate tickets for bikers just because they didn’t smile and wave at you.

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