Walking manners apply to those walking a dog, and actually everyone using a sidewalk or trail. The other morning we almost had a serious situation with someone not minding their manners which made us think we should remind everyone of proper walking manners.
- If you are walking, with or without a dog, stay on your side of the sidewalk.
- Keep your dogs on short leashes when approaching others.
- If you are biking on a trail where there are pedestrians, keep your speed down, and make sure you alert people you are approaching.
- When approaching someone from behind, give a quick “passing on the left” shout out so they know you are about to go by. This applies to walkers, runners, bikers, skate boarders, anyone really. If you simply go around, you will most likely shock the people you are passing, and in worst case, they may not know you are passing and they may collide with you. People sometimes jump when Mom says “passing on the left”, but it is better than suddenly passing them without warning, and safer too.
The other morning, we were running along at 6:30 am, with no one around. Suddenly I decided to go to the far left because I saw a squirrel. What we didn’t know was a young man was rollerblading very fast downhill behind us. When I moved left, he was about to pass without any warning. To prevent the crash, he went off the trail, and fell into the grass. No one was injured, but we did tell him he should let people know when he is coming, especially when he is going at such a high speed.
- When crossing a street, don’t dilly dally. Look like you are going to cross, and do it. Cars should wait for you to cross, but if you are playing around, no one knows your intentions causing confusion for everyone.
- Never assume cars or bikes will stop when you cross a road, even in a cross walk.
- Drivers! It is the law to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
- If you are our early or late, remember to wear bright colors, reflectors, or something like our Illumiseen necklaces so you will be seen.
Getting out in the nice weather is so much fun, and healthy for dogs and humans, but remember to mind your walking manners, and stay safe!
What about our Dogwood Photo Challenge this week? We surrender. The topic is Accidental Renaissance. Mom has no idea what that means, and from examples we saw, it is nothing we have any interest in doing, so we are going to pass this week. Hopefully we will be back with week 18 next Monday.