Letter to the Editor: Pedestrians need to learn proper trail etiquette | SierraSun.com

Letter to the Editor: Pedestrians need to learn proper trail etiquette

Bob Sweigert wrote a well-thought column in your paper about trail etiquette with regard to the paved trails from Squaw Valley to Lake Tahoe.

I am a 62-year-old cyclist and I ride to Tahoe City and back several times a week. It is usually a great experience and I look forward to doing it again soon.

The trail between Squaw Valley and Tahoe is crowded with pedestrians and cyclists. Bob’s article needs to be publicized again because pedestrians are not walking on the right (left) side of the path, causing problems for other trail users.

A cyclist moving at 10 mph will quickly overcome a pedestrian moving at less than one half that speed. If the cyclist and the pedestrian are on the same side of the road moving in the same direction, the pedestrian may not hear the cyclist call out passing.

The path is well marked but more needs to be done. I was knocked down on the path by a pedestrian that suddenly changed course and stepped to her right when I called out stating that I was passing on your right.

Patrick O’Callaghan


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