When riding my 5.2 miles on Sunday afternoon at Best Friend Park, I had to constantly shout “Coming through” or “Passing on Left/Right” when approaching any number children running around not paying attention. Still, they seldom hear me, even when parents are also yelling at them. Very young kids in particular exhibit a noticeable lack of awareness for moving objects in public places and I came close a few times to falling over some self-absorbed little tykes!
I fell only once because of a kid. It happened last summer at Tybee Island Beach during a crowded holiday weekend. A young girl – about 3 – ran right in front of me in a mad dash for the water. I was fortunately able to stop pedaling and tumble over her without causing injury to either of us, but the experience left us both a bit shaken and she started crying.
I turned to make sure she was OK and the parents were sitting right there, so I continued on my ride. I was a bit embarrassed but relieved no one was hurt.
While I much prefer riding on empty roads or places, there are times when crowds are unavoidable. I just have to keep extra-aware during those times and proceed with caution.