I have no wish to get into an arguement with Percrime (again) about this topic, as I know he feels passionately about it, but I would hate for other forum users to think that all his views are widely held or correct.
The basic facts are:
Shared path = Shared path
Off leash area = Off leash area (path or not).
On a shared path you need to give a dog owner time to get the dog to heel. It is up to the cyclist to let the dog owner know they are approaching in time to get the dog to heel. Even when the dog is perfectly under control, it would be most reasonable to allow a good 10 seconds for the dog to return to the owner. If you are screaming down a shared path at 35-40kph, you would be travelling probably 100 m in that 10 seconds. Maybe we all need to carry bull horns, so the poor owner can hear us from 100 m away
Yes, a lot of owners dont keep their dogs adequately under control. But a lot of cyclists also dont follow road rules and do the right thing (this includes letting a walker know you are approaching). Don't judge everyone by what a few people do.
I think the point that Percrime misses is that the shared paths have not been created for his cycling pleasure. They are there for everyone to use, and if people show a bit of consideration it all works very well. If you don't like it, there are plenty of other places to ride.
Karen (Mrs Howdy)
Ride like the wind, Bullseye. (Woody- Toy Story 2)