Dear Bike Riiders in NW Philly:
I like having you in my neighborhood. I truly do. One of the top reasons why I chose to live in our neighborhood was because of the proximity to the woods. I belong to the FOW and spend a lot of my free time meandering through the trails. Another reason why my wife and I moved here is because of how close our house is to the Bike Race course. It's probably my favorite annual event of the year. I love that we have a park and a neighborhood that is very welcoming to bike riding.
However, can the certain percentage of you who are idiots please stop acting so dumb?
Case in point: The x-treme mountain biker today whom we "met" while walking our dog on one of the trails in Andorra. This trail was no more than three feet wide and is very steep. Sir, you are not Lance Armstrong. You do not need to go whipping around the trail as fast as possible, telling us to watch out when you're about five feet behind us and then laughing as we have to practically dive out of the way of your $2,500 fully loaded bike. This is just obnoxious and unsafe behavior, especially since you came only a few inches away from having your back wheel connect with my dogs face. You are not in the X-Games. Please be considerate of those of us who do not have sculpted legs that we show off while wearing spandex and prefer to have a meandering walk in the park.
Another case in point: The pack of riders on Henry Ave. today. Could you use the bike lane (or at least pretend there's a bike lane if one doesn't exist). Henry Ave. is an incredibly busy street and people almost always ignore the speed limit there. I have to switch lanes when your peloton is taking up the entire right lane. There are a lot of other cars doing the same or speeding past, This is needlessly dangerous for me. If you were all in a single file line, I could slowly drive past without having to switch lanes on a pretty crazy road.
This also holds true where Kelly Drive and Rt. 1 and Lincoln converge. There's a lot of traffic in this area and you actually have a bike lane and/or a very wide sidewalk to use in this stretch. I would prefer to not have to swing into the left lane in front of the ramp. I also would prefer to not have to wait for you to make that left turn right after the transportation center since the chances of SEPTA or another motorist read ending me because of the sudden stop you are causing me to make. Also, I am driving a car which can kill you. Please be cognizant of that -- I really don't want to kill you despite your spandex and toned legs.
Disgruntled non-bike rider in NW Philly.