I rarely rant, but I’ve been driven to it by the precious polo-shirt & boat shoe wearing crowd taking part in whatever rowing event was being held at the black mountain end of the lake this weekend – it looked like a private school thing (happy to be corrected if it wasn’t).
I’m all for people prizing their backsides off the couch to participate in sports, in fact, I encourage it. Sadly, the ‘born to rule’ mentality of these kids and their minders left a lot to be desired.
They seemed oblivious to both traffic and cyclists, wandered all over the place, stood around chatting & moving equipment across the bike path without looking around to see if anyone was coming, and took umbrage to anyone suggesting that they also needed to use the paths.
A generalisation of the whole group? Whatever. It’s unsafe and annoying.
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To the irritating woman who took it upon herself to inform one rider, (when he somewhat apologetically indicated that he’d like to pass), that these kids are participating in a rowing event, (the inference being how dare anyone suggest that they demonstrate some awareness of their surrounds & share the space), I have this to say: nobody outside of you and your snooty little group cares what you’re participating in. Nobody thinks you’re special. Canberrans still need to use the road and would prefer to do so without running the risk of having any of the little brats in your care or their equipment straying onto it.
Same goes for the bike path. There’s no point telling off cyclists for using the cycle path when you’ve got teenagers milling all over it like cattle.
Now pull your head in and remember this for next time!!!