Very well said. I completely agree and I'm not a biker.
AllinFavor said: "It's not a hugh restriction on one group. It a saftey restriction on a small group of riders using the path as express lane. I am part of a larger group that walks, without earbuds on the right side, yeilding to cyclist, etc. And I don't enjoy the sensation of a cyclist riding at me, or up on me at what I know is an excessive speed. If I can feel the breeze of your passing by, then guess what? YOU ARE GOING TO FAST. It's not safe. It's a high traffic area, and everyone needs to do their part."
It's singling out a group, no matter the size. They have just as much a right to be there and enjoy the same availability as you do (especially if they pay taxes in Washington). You don't like bikers, so what? I don't like kids, but that's not going to stop the City of Washington to ban children from the trail. You follow the rules, good for you. How many stories have you read below and in other articles where people walk 5 abreast taking up the entire road? I guess we need to restrict all the walkers too. Single file, no talking! Get over it and look at the big picture and the far reaching consequences. You can't fix stupid no matter if they ride a bike, walk, have kids, or whatever else they're doing that makes every one around them miserable. When you deal with people, there's always that one person being an idiot.
BTW, laws are only obeyed by law abiding people. Law breakers don't follow rules. A sign is not going to fix anything. 7 months ago
You can't fix stupid, and no matter how hard we try to legislate it, stupid people still continue to exist. This is just another case of legislation where the law abiding citizens will adhere to and the law breakers will ignore the rules. I agree with everyone that wasting all this time, energy, and tax payer dollars is ridiculous. I think these are probably the same complainers complaining about the homeless man who walks around town. Busy bodies need to calm down and stop trying to impose their thoughts, lifestyle, beliefs, whatever, on everyone else. I think posting the rules at the beginning of the trail is a good idea. City counsel really needs to figure out better ways to spend/or NOT spend my money. These ridiculous projects are getting out of hand.7 months ago
madisma said "Where does this article say anything about anyone accusing this man of being a pedophile? I'd be concerned too, for multiple reasons. You've obviously never seen this guy shambling around town, leering at people and mumbling incoherently."
It doesn't, but obviously I'm not the only one who took the mention of it being by 2 day care centers as an inference that he is. I have also seen him numerous times walking, not shambling, around town, not bothering a soul. I suppose if I saw you walking along the road I should assume you're shambling and up to no good? In fact, the only time I ever saw him talking to anyone was last weekend he was walking out of the Walgreen's parking lot and a kind man called him back and gave him some money.
I am heartened to see all the positive comments and support of this man. My heart goes out to him every time I see him and this article has actually inspired me to put some provisions like extra tent, down winter coat that my husband no longer wears, waterproof sleeping bag, and any other extra camping gear I may have in a bin and keep it in my car for the next time I see him. He can have whatever he feels he needs out of the provisions. Just because he refused assistance the article does not point out what kind of assistance he was offered. He may just prefer to sleep outside rather than a homeless shelter, etc.
I agree with another poster who said, heaven forbid WASHINGTON have a stinky homeless person wandering (i.e. shambling) around...and arm touching no less! Do you know how many close talkers and huggers I've had to come in contact with during my life? Please. 7 months ago