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SIMPLE GRACES: There’s Always Time to be Polite

August 04, 2016  |     |   0 Comment

I like to run early in the mornings before my work day begins.  Like with most things we do in life, there is an etiquette to how you behave when running on a path used by other runners, cyclists or walkers.  It’s important to stay to the right so that faster runners or cyclists can pass by safely.  It is also customary and considerate for cyclists to ring their bike bell when coming up behind you and getting ready to pass by on your left.  It lets runners know that they are approaching them and to be prepared for them to pass, ie. stay out of the way and make space for a safe passing.  Or at least that’s what is supposed to happen.  The reality is that often a cyclist will speed by me, often very closely, without warning.  It can be alarming at times.

This morning, I headed out at 6:30 am. for my run.  At one point on my route, my path took me into a forested area.  I  didn’t hear the cyclist coming up behind me because he did not ring a bell.  What I did hear was his voice, letting me know that he was coming up behind me and wanting to safely pass by.  This is what he said:  “Good Morning.  Coming up behind you.  Passing by on your left.  Thank you.  Have a wonderful day.”  Wow.  What this cyclist demonstrated is that there is always time to be polite, kind, thoughtful and considerate.  He had it in spades. Thanks for that!


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