Dear Bike Riders,
While I fully appreciate and support people using bicycles as a mode of transportation, I have a simple request: please use the Rules of the Road. I recall there are rules for bike-riders which include signaling turns into traffic.
I thought there were also rules for riding on sidewalks, or walking paths, and signaling you are coming up behind a pedestrian. In years past, I remember bike-riders yelling behind me, “On your left!”, so I would move over. Have bicyclists stopped doing this? The ones I have almost “run into” certainly have stopped paying attention to, or are ignorant of, the rule.
In the past few months of being a new dog owner, both my dog and I have had very close calls by FAST moving bikers riding on sidewalks and coming up behind us. I can almost hear the rider’s jagged panting breath in my ear as he/she whizzes by and scares the holy you-know-what out of us!
I understand there are not enough bike lanes (Hello City of Edmonds?), but really, this is just common courtesy for which I am asking. And, riding fast on sidewalks goes against any idea of Edmonds being a “pedestrian friendly town.”
Please, please people, yell out, “On your right/left!!” when you are coming toward pedestrians (with their back toward you). I would truly be sad to see you in a crumbled, tangled, and bloody dog-leash-senior-citizen-mess on the concrete. Not to mention what could happen to anyone walking in Edmonds, including their dogs and children.