The argument that bicyclists should not be allowed on the Katy Trail seems, to me, anyway, to be indicative of the general attitude of Dallas, if not society at large, these days: “My needs outweigh everyone else’s, and if you don’t agree with me, drop dead”. I’ve seen this reflected in so many issues over the past few years.
Issues such as these cause me to reconsider if I should remain in Dallas or move elsewhere. My contact with people in my personal life seems to becoming more and more confrontational. I was involved in a minor accident (in a suburb) a couple of years ago, and the driver of the other vehicle got out of his car, came over to me, doubled up his fist, pulled his arm back and communiated to me verbally (profanity) that he was about to assault me. I had to call 911 because of that idiot. I wasn't armed then, but I always carry now when driving because of that. I hate to think that I'm actually considering carrying a sidearm now when I ride the Katy Trail in case a walker/jogger takes issue with my riding and tries to assault me. We've sunk to new lows as a society.
I’m a Dallas native, but have lived in other major cities. In Seattle, for example, I observed that bikes and pedestrians coexist peacefully. The attitude there, and in other cities I’ve both lived and visited, seems to be one of cooperation and friendship rather than hostility. Dallas seems to have gone from a friendly city to one of hate.
cyclist are druggy scum wrote:
This comment by a cyclist sickens me and shows how self righteous cyclist really are when in reality they support one of the dirtiest sports ever. And this guy is going to pack heat to make sure he can ride... disgusting.
oh please wrote:
Seems to me that the "jogger" is more in the wrong than the cyclist in this case. Making erratic moves on a busy trail when your senses are blocked is not the fault of the cyclist. Even if he was speeding, it doesn't change the fact that the jogger did the wrong thing. It is unfortunate the cost was so high.
Making erratic moves? It's a trail, not a race course for cyclists.
The cyclist ran over the runner.
The cyclist is at fault.
It is similar to if some drunk ran over cyclists on a road.
Other cyclists would be all upset, oh he ran over a cyclist boo hoo.
But when they run over a runner they think it's okay and is the runner's fault for getting in their way, even though it was on a running trail and the cyclists should have been out on the road, not on a trail used by pedestrians.
no reason to be going fast enough to kill someone on a pedestrian path
dean moriarty wrote:
The jogger caused the accident, but it never ceases to amaze me how fast hobby cyclists try to go on crowded bike paths. Some of these clowns bomb around crowded bike paths as if they are making a break from the peloton, weaving between families with strollers and little kids riding bikes with training wheels. Bike on the road if you're going to do that.
Precious Roy wrote:
Katy trail is a bad design. There is plenty of room on the old rail right of way for a dedicated hard surfaced bike trail and a soft crushed granite runners/walkers only trail.