In my experience, being courteous pays off in the end, in any situation. When walking or running on the trail I frequent every couple of days, that happens to be part of the Appalachian Trail, I have noticed that people tend not to say anything when they come up behind you, when your music is blaring and you’re focused on the road ahead; instead they blaze past you like a bat out of hell without saying a word. Who does that? For some, this may be a little irritating. At least a warning would be nice.
In thinking about this countless times, I’ve decided to come up with a list of warnings that should be uttered, and things that should be pondered whilst on a trail or sidewalk exercising near others.
- Keep control of your dog, cat, or lizard while on the trail. It’s not very nice to have an animal of some sort wrench towards you, and maybe your little dog, too.
- Say, “to your left”, or something similar when passing someone on the trail. Even Captain America knows this rule, and he was transported here from the 1940s.
- DO pepper-spray an attacker.
- Do not ogle people as you run past them. I don’t think this one needs any explaining.
- Don’t spit in a direction where someone behind you might be hit in the face by your flying saliva.
- Do not slowly walk behind someone ahead of you. That’s just creepy.
- Do not kick dust, rocks, or gravel behind you when you run/bike past someone. I know it might be hard on some trails, but do your best, if you can.
I think that’s about it. Do you have any more tips for runners, walkers, or bicyclists? Send them to me directly! I do take feedback under consideration.