Nehmen wir also an, Sie fahren mit Ihrem Superbike und sehen in einiger Entfernung vor sich einen Mann mit Hund.
Da der Mann mitten auf dem Weg läuft, klingeln Sie (oder eben alternativ "Palim palim!").
Ich höre das Klingeln, rufe meinen Hund zu mir oder rufe ihm "Platz" zu (je nach Position) und werfe in dem Moment einen Blick über die Schulter, um die Situation richtig erfassen zu können und den herannahenden Radfahrer (also Sie) nicht zu behindern.
Einen Moment später ist der Weg frei und Sie können rücksichtsvoll vorbeifahren. Während Sie dies tun, grüßen wir uns freundlich und der Tag wird schön.
Dear cyclists ...
... some of you must have thought: "Why is this crazy dog owner running in the middle of the asphalted dirt road?
Well, dear cyclists, I'm doing this to protect four of us. Yes, you have read correctly: I do NOT want to annoy you, but to save us four from harm.
You didn't think so, right?
That's what I thoughtout you! Otherwise you might have come up with it by yourself. But I'm not like that and explain it to you:
Your Superbike has super tyres and regularly gets super maintenance. There squeaks and rattles nothing, in many cases you don't even hear rolling noises (at least not at a distance). So let's say you can reach a speed of 30 to maybe 40 km/h with your Superbike in the plain. And almost silently.
Suddenly you see a man and his dog in front of you some distance away.
I (the man with a dog) run out of consideration for all who could come, right on the wayside. So is my dog, who just sniffs again and forgets the world around him. "Great," you think. "THIS MAN understands us cyclists, I can just race through it. Yeah - the dirt road belongs to me!" That we neither hear nor see you (no eyes at the back and so on), this thought does not come to you. Why think? The way is clear. So: Full throttle!
But just as you are right behind us, my dog is shearing out without warning, following a trace. Right in front of your bike. They (the man with a wheel) stupidly do not have the reflexes of Spiderman or -girl (or what do I know), but descend over the handlebars at this moment. THIS IS NOT FUNNY - I guess - no matter what speed. My dog is at least seriously injured and you most likely broke one or the other bone or bleeding your head (do you actually have a helmet?).
Now you might think: "Damn - he belongs on the leash." But this scenario always ends the same way. Because even if I had my dog on a short leash (say a meter), then my dog can cut out at any time to any side. And short leash plus my arm length still results: Right in front of your bike.
THAT the reason why I'm running in the middle of the road. So you understand: "Oh, there's one running in the middle of the road, I should be more careful so as not to endanger him and me."
If you don't have a working bell on the wheel, then a clearly audible and friendly shout in the style of "Palim palim!!" is enough.
So let's say you ride your Superbike and see a man with a dog in front of you at some distance.
As you see that the man walks in the middle of the road, you ring (or alternatively, "Palim palim!").
I hear the ringing, call my dog to me or shout "sit" to him (depending on the position) and at that moment I take a look over my shoulder in order to be able to grasp the situation correctly and not to hinder the approaching cyclist (i.e. you).
A moment later, the path is clear and you can drive by in a considerate manner. While you do this, we greet each other kindly and the day will be nice.
And? What do you think? Which scenario hurts less?
By the way, this doesn't even have to happen with a dog. It also works with children, pensioners and everything that creeps and flounders.
So: eyes on, brain on and always good ride!
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