Extend courtesy to walkers

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, September 02, 2005

As a 15-year, full-time resident of Juneau, and now seasonal-summer resident, I must finally officially complain about something that has bothered me for far too long.

The Twin Lakes trail is one of my favorite walks. The openness and other activity make the walk a real pleasure. However, I have been continually amazed at the lack of courtesy by bikers. I guess I grew up in the age when courtesy, like announcing your approach from behind walkers, was the norm instead of exception. The trail is well marked for bikers to yield to pedestrians. The common courtesy of announcing your approach from behind "on your left (right)" seems like a very simple task.

On Aug. 10, while walking the trail, we actually had an approaching bike from the front at a rather high speed. He actually weaved from side to side between at least five pedestrians going both directions. The wrong move by any one pedestrian could have caused a serious injury.

The same courtesy should be shown by in-line skaters. Approaching someone from the rear on anything that can move that fast calls for some announcement.

Dianna G. Hebert

Sheridan, Ore.

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