I drove home with a broken leg and went to the ER later. And if someone stabs you, getting out of there sounds like the smart thing to do (if you are not risking getting stabbed again).1- The mtb biker fled the scene and only called ER when he was in serious decline.
Yeah, but that isn't what you said in your original post. And this is about roads, not trails.Sure. Here is the WAC for the State of Washington where this happened. Basically bikers have to yield to hikers, but hikers can't power trip and use that as an excuse to block everybody else.
(2) What are the responsibilities of persons operating motorized or nonmotorized vehicles on department-managed roads and trails?
(a) Persons operating motorized or nonmotorized vehicles shall:
(i) Use due care and control speed to avoid colliding with any person, animal, motorized or nonmotorized vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the roadway;
"(3) While operating a motorized or nonmotorized vehicle, who has the right of way?
(i) Persons operating a motorized or nonmotorized vehicle shall yield the right of way to pedestrians.
(ii) Pedestrians must leave the road as soon as possible to allow the vehicle to pass.
(5) Any violation of this section is a traffic infraction under chapter 46.63 RCW except a violation of subsection (2)(b)(iii) of this section is a misdemeanor.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.30 RCW and RCW 43.12.065. WSR 09-05-034, § 332-52-410, filed 2/11/09, effective 3/14/09.]
Mentioned it briefly before, but have a bit more info now.Did anyone bring up the point about the knife in the altercation being an illegal “spring blade knife?” That doesn’t look good for the defendant either.
Fair points.I drove home with a broken leg and went to the ER later. And if someone stabs you, getting out of there sounds like the smart thing to do (if you are not risking getting stabbed again).
Maybe the guy had a horrible health insurance and did not want to risk a high ER premium, thought he can go to the doctor tomorrow. I have seen many people delay healthcare because of cost, until they really have to.
We don't know enough to say he "fled".
Just curious, but the last paragraph makes itA few months ago, I was hiking my local trail that I ride every day when I came upon a group of guys on E-bikes resting (from what?) with their bikes lying right across the trail.
I told them they shouldn’t leave their bikes in the middle of the trail because a lot of people ride pretty fast through that section. They started getting in my face and made some insulting remarks about me being a hiker.
There were four of them and I had my arm in a sling from a crash and trip to the ER the week before so I just moved on. There was probably not much point in further discussion.
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Turns out you are right. The National Park Service's advice is to stay calm and just talk to Bears.nah, they may look tough, but they're just sweetie pies in the end.
In my experience hikers have no problem walking past one another. When I’ve hiked I’ve never had issues with other trail users. What I have found is that there are some people who feel like bikes should not be on trails, or that bikers should dismount to pass them and get quite angry and rude about it.I find it interesting that if you walk down the sidewalk in a busy city people can manage to go around one another without getting all puffed up. Same goes for walking through a busy market in many foreign countries. People just flow around one another without giving it a second thought. Personal space becomes a matter of territoriality on trails for some reason. Is it only an American thing?
With your outdoors experience, do you have tips about reading the body language of hikers? 😀Good points Carl. I’m a wildlife buff and have learned to look for different body languages and what they mean in all wildlife I’m viewing. After seeing numerous Black Bears in the wild sleeping in trees I’ve come accustomed to looking for them up high in forested areas. They always pick the largest tree around that have a nice horizontal well covered canopy.