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Cyclists vs dog owners

By Snave81 - 15 November 2011 58

Cyclists vs motorists was so yesterday so why don’t we move on to cyclists vs dog owners.  With dogs being required to be kept on leash when not in designated doggie areas, what options does a cyclist have when dog owners let their off leash dogs run in front of cyclists riding safely and sensibly on bike paths through parks? 

– Kick the back end out and bump the dog out of the way?

– Try and jump the dog with/without leaving tread marks on the dogs back?

– Question a male dog owner’s masculinity if they have a small girly dog?

What’s Your opinion?


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58 Responses to
Cyclists vs dog owners
bryansworld 12:25 pm 15 Nov 11

shadow boxer said :

lol, a fight between the two most self entitled groups in todays society.

——–>

I’ll see myself out

You forgot about motorists….

shadow boxer 12:21 pm 15 Nov 11

lol, a fight between the two most self entitled groups in todays society.

——–> I’ll see myself out

Sgt.Bungers 12:20 pm 15 Nov 11

Buzz Killington here 🙂 http://familyguy.wikia.com/wiki/Buzz_Killington

As a cyclist riding safely and sensibly on bike paths through parks, you’ll know that it’s not just your path, and anyone or anything could be on it at any time for any reason.

When approaching an unrestrained dog, accept that the most sensible thing for you to do is slow down when approaching the situation… don’t just plough through the scene at 40 km/h and act astounded and aghast as soon as something goes wrong.

Perhaps then have a quick friendly word to the owner “How’s it going, great day for it yes? Don’t mean to be a pest, but you may not be aware that you’re legally required to keep your dog on a leash when on the bike path.” “Oh rly? I was not aware of this!” “Yep it’s a fairly new law brought in after a few dogs were hurt when they ran into the path of a bike at the last minute.” “Oh sank you good sir!”

Wishful thinking? 🙂

astrojax 12:15 pm 15 Nov 11

‘cyclists vs dog owners’? ooh, can i watch? where’s the popcorn…

btw, i rekkun ‘c’ in the pop quiz… 🙂

vet111 12:09 pm 15 Nov 11

KB1971 said :

Its simple, dog chases me, dog gets a kick in the head.

The dog should be on a lead on the path. Mind you they are more predictable than people & usually notice you earlier, make eye contact & avoid you.

I have less of a problem with dogs off lead than I do for their owners.

So let me get this right, if you are riding your bike through an off-leash area and a dog is in your way, you’re going to kick the dog?

You’re a dick.

I personally think having a cycle path through an off-leash area is a bloody stupid idea, but that’s the ACT council for ya…

Agree with all other comments though about keeping dogs on leashes in areas not designated as off-leash. Provided cyclists give enough notice that they’re coming through, it should be happy days for cyclists, dogs and owners alike. Surely it’s common sense?

carnardly 11:56 am 15 Nov 11

or the owners whose dogs are off wandering around doing their own thing while owners can see a cyclist 50 metres ahead coming towards them and the cyclist can quite easily roll on past safely.

But said owner waits till the bike is 10 foot away until it calls its dog who promptly runs past front wheel of cylist on its way back to the owner, causing a last second brake slam to prevent dog having 3 broken ribs.

I slow down for anything not on a lead because you never know where they’re going to run.

Deref 11:39 am 15 Nov 11

Carry a large gun. When a dog chases your bike stop, dismount, take out the gun, take careful aim, and shoot the dog’s owner.

Holden Caulfield 11:31 am 15 Nov 11

Make dogs wear registration, it’s the only way.

Oh wait!

Jethro 11:29 am 15 Nov 11

“Question a male dog owner’s masculinity if they have a small girly dog?”

As the male owner of a small girly dog I always feel it should be the other way around. It clearly takes a man comfortable with his masculinity to take a little fluff ball for a walk (with or without pink doggy jacket).

I would be questioning the masculinity of the big ferocious dog owners. Are they trying to compensate for something?

KB1971 11:27 am 15 Nov 11

Its simple, dog chases me, dog gets a kick in the head.

The dog should be on a lead on the path. Mind you they are more predictable than people & usually notice you earlier, make eye contact & avoid you.

I have less of a problem with dogs off lead than I do for their owners.

thy_dungeonman 11:08 am 15 Nov 11

I know someone who has had a small dog run right into the path of their wheel with no time to stop, the result was that they simply ran over it although the dog was fine afterwards. They also had a possum get caught in their wheel one one occasion. When I’m walking my dog I tend to walk on the oath and have the dog walk on the grass or if the path is narrow simply walk on the grass, after all it only takes a couple of steps to move and isn’t that much of a hassle where for the cyclists they have to veer off onto rough-ground.

beejay76 10:58 am 15 Nov 11

But, Jimbo, dogs don’t listen when you tingle your bell. The owner standing 10 metres away and calling while the dog furiously pounds after my wheels is hopelessly ineffective. What is much more effective is keeping the dog restrained, so when I sound my bell, the owner can make sure the dog doesn’t get in the way, and I can make sure I avoid it.

I’ve had loads of occasions (while running, but the same applies) where a dog has taken off after me. I’ve crossed the road, so the dog has, too. The owners are left flapping helplessly while their dog is wandering aimlessly through traffic, having lost interest in me. How about a leash?

Bosworth 10:50 am 15 Nov 11

cyclists slow down, and signal their presence.

dog walkers shorten the leash

everybody co-operates.

And They All Lived Happily Ever After.

Jimbo311 10:33 am 15 Nov 11

or

– Use appropriate warning of the cyclist’s presence – Eg use the bike bell – that’s what it’s there for.

I am a dog owner and have my dog’s off leash in an off leash area, where there also happens to be a bicycle/pedestrian path. When walking my dogs I am always conscious of both people/cyclists in front and behind me, and will then leash the dogs, or move the dogs off the path of impending traffic.

However, countless times, cyclists who seem to be on some sort of time trial exercise (wearing those oh so fashionable tour-de-france road jerseys (don’t get me started on this)), come tearing around a corner and then use expletives because I hadn’t moved the dogs out of the way (this also applies to people trying to enjoy a peaceful walk, how many times I have seen the same thing happen to pedestrians almost being bowled over), all because the cyclist is too tight to buy a $5 bike bell (either that or they probably think the bike bell doesn’t give them street-cred)

If cyclists signalled their impending presence with a bike bell then they would probably not have this problem.

beejay76 10:13 am 15 Nov 11

Hurl invective. It’s the only way.

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