Shepherd Canyon has always been a challenging place shared by homeowners, bicyclists, drivers, walkers, soccer players, dogs – you name it.
Lately there’s been plenty of discussion about the appropriate protocols among the two-wheelers and four-wheelers who share the canyon road. The terrain translates into few shoulders, many blind spots and no easy answers.
The debates are lengthy, and depend on behaviors of rogues and law-abiding citizens. We think it all boils down to these five perceptions:
- If rider is pedaling down the road, then that’s considered legal and appropriate behavior.
- If cautious driver follows rider, then driver needs to take heed and not surprise ’em.
- If rider gets angry at driver, then it might mean rider is concerned about life and limb.
- If driver is barreling down the road, then driver might put the rider ahead at risk.
- If rider uses railroad path, then walkers with and without dogs pose mutual risks.
We believe in using a little common sense and following the rules of the road. We live in the hills, where terrain challenges are part of the bargain. Are we missing anything here?