(UNEDITED)I would like to say thanks so much to the multiple organizations and individuals that created, expanded, and maintained the trail system along the Ogden and Weber rivers. Now that they have finally connected, this summer has seen an explosion of users.
It's great to see all the beautiful dogs being walked, the runners, and bicyclists taking advantage of a well-paved trail. I walk a section of it nearly every day. With the increase of bicyclists this year, it is essential that all trail users apply courtesy to everyone else sharing the trail. I have recently noted that only about one in every ten cyclists will call out, "on your left," or other such verbal warnings that they are passing you. When there is an entire family, often they will be vocal with each other, so you might hear them coming behind you. It's mostly the single or double riders who come by very fast and very silently. It can startle you if you are walking along, and I always stay very far to the right, but simple common sense and etiquette would dictate that the biker should call out to let the walker or runner know they are passing. There are also a lot of elderly people walking and perhaps not able to hear a biker unless the biker calls out. I am amazed at the lack of this practice by those who are riding and continually passing walkers and runners. To those of you who recognize this obligation, thanks (something I always say when they do call out.) To the rest of you, get a clue and share the space in a polite and safe manner.