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#1 PeteS

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 08:03 AM

Some pinhead on a bike yelled at me about my dog leash being too long for the bike trail.  It's 16 ft.  Does the city have any rules about the length of your leash?



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Posted 02 June 2019 - 11:23 AM

For Folsom's rules, I found a regulation that 'No person shall..   Take any dog into any designated playground areas, nor in any other park facility, unless upon a leash, except in designated off-leash dog park areas' 

 

It does not mention length. 

According to the Sacramento parks site: "The leash or tether required under subsections 1 and 2 of this definition shall not exceed eight feet in length and shall be of sufficient strength to restrain the animal should it try to run from the owner or keeper."

 

http://www.yoursacpa...Leash-Laws.aspx

 

I think the fear with cyclists is that the dog can stretch the leash completely across the path, causing a trip hazard, or as happened to me once, a dog can lunge, causing the cyclist or runner to have to take steps to avoid it, and may end up crashing or tripping. 

 

Once that happened to me, I became more aware, and when I walk my daughter's dog, I try to keep her close. 


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Posted 02 June 2019 - 06:22 PM

Appreciate the response.  Seems like it's not clear.  Folsom has no restrictions.  Sac City has no restrictions.  Sac County parks has a restriction.  Do the bike trains in Folsom qualify as a Sac county park?  And then most pet stores sell leashes up to 26 ft in length.  Apparently pet stores don't know the laws?

 

I called the bike rider a pinhead because he yelled at me, but was clearly going way faster than the 15 mph speed limit.  The Lance Armstrong wanna-bees need to go ride on the freeway where the speed limit is higher.  



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Posted 03 June 2019 - 01:03 PM

Appreciate the response.  Seems like it's not clear.  Folsom has no restrictions.  Sac City has no restrictions.  Sac County parks has a restriction.  Do the bike trains in Folsom qualify as a Sac county park?  And then most pet stores sell leashes up to 26 ft in length.  Apparently pet stores don't know the laws?

 

I called the bike rider a pinhead because he yelled at me, but was clearly going way faster than the 15 mph speed limit.  The Lance Armstrong wanna-bees need to go ride on the freeway where the speed limit is higher.  

 

It's a confusing issue to be sure. 

 

As for the speeding cyclists, that's one of the other problems out there. They (the speeders) want us to obey all of the rules; walk on the left, go single file, short-leashes, use the shoulder whenever possible,etc., all so they can break the speed rules (and records). 


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 10:19 AM

The "pinhead" who yelled at you was probably 2Aces/Chipshot! :lmaosmiley: :lmaosmiley:



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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:56 AM

Both dog owners and cyclists have earned my ire on the bike paths. Dog owners letting dogs run wild or out of control tethered, and not cleaning up their poop, and cyclists going WAY too fast and acting like they own the road. Screw both of them. I take no guff from either.  Oh, one more annoying path user...the idiots with headphones totally oblivious to what is going on around them. On a bike I have called "on your left" when passing only to have them step in front of me because they were in their own little world.

Try a little consideration people.  


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Posted 12 June 2019 - 09:38 AM

Both dog owners and cyclists have earned my ire on the bike paths. Dog owners letting dogs run wild or out of control tethered, and not cleaning up their poop, and cyclists going WAY too fast and acting like they own the road. Screw both of them. I take no guff from either.  Oh, one more annoying path user...the idiots with headphones totally oblivious to what is going on around them. On a bike I have called "on your left" when passing only to have them step in front of me because they were in their own little world.

Try a little consideration people.  

Serious question and not to be contentious, why do you call out "on your left"?  I am always confused as a walker and the signs say to walk on the left hand side of the path.  When someone shouts "on your left" am I supposed to move to the right hand side of the trail so they can pass on my left or do I maintain my position on the far left of the trail?  I must admit I am one of the ones who just stands still as I do not want to step into the path of a moving cyclist.  I have asked this many times but have not received a consistent answer.



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Posted 03 August 2019 - 04:59 PM

Both dog owners and cyclists have earned my ire on the bike paths. Dog owners letting dogs run wild or out of control tethered, and not cleaning up their poop, and cyclists going WAY too fast and acting like they own the road. Screw both of them. I take no guff from either.  Oh, one more annoying path user...the idiots with headphones totally oblivious to what is going on around them. On a bike I have called "on your left" when passing only to have them step in front of me because they were in their own little world.

Try a little consideration people.  

 

Agree regarding the folks with their earphones.  Their message is "Leave me alone".  Well, if you wanna be left alone, WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN A PUBLIC PLACE??  Go hide under your bed. 

 

We walk our dog all the time on bike trails all over town - without earphones, and are especially alert to bike riders.  There's one bike crowd of older people who rides the trails in the mornings who are especially annoying.  They think they're riding the Tour de France.  We take cover in the bushes whenever they're coming.  Once we saw them rounding a corner fast and almost hitting a couple kids on bikes.  One kid fell off his bike and the peloton of pinheads kept on riding.  No stopping, no, "Are you ok?", no apologies.  I wanna stick an ax handle into their front spokes.     



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Posted 04 August 2019 - 09:03 AM

Any dog owner that uses a 16' leash is a pinhead.

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 09:40 AM

Serious question and not to be contentious, why do you call out "on your left"?  I am always confused as a walker and the signs say to walk on the left hand side of the path.  When someone shouts "on your left" am I supposed to move to the right hand side of the trail so they can pass on my left or do I maintain my position on the far left of the trail?  I must admit I am one of the ones who just stands still as I do not want to step into the path of a moving cyclist.  I have asked this many times but have not received a consistent answer.

If they are calling out 'on your left', they are letting you know  they are passing on the left, which would indicate that you are on the right. When you are facing each other, no need to call out. So, yes, when someone calls out to you, move to the right to get avoid a collision, if you have room.


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Posted 04 August 2019 - 12:33 PM

Any dog owner that uses a 16' leash is a pinhead.

We follow the rules - 16 ft is ok.  We don't conform to your opinions.



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Posted 04 August 2019 - 01:13 PM

Let's see... 16' leash means a 32' diameter around you...or more than a 3 story building.... for everyone else to avoid because you're "following the rules".

Not that you should be considerate of others....

The world is a lot more crowded than it was in the 50s old man.

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 02:56 PM

Everyone needs to be considerate on the trails. That means not walking 4 abreast, not racing down the trails at stupid speed, not having a long leash blocking the trail, not leaving your trash or dog poop for others, not being in a "bubble" unaware of others with your headphones, in general, just act like a responsible adult


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Posted 04 August 2019 - 03:10 PM

+1000 Joe. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

The trail I walk every day is about 6-8 ft wide. A 16' leash is simply dangerous.

Thankfully the trail has stenciled directions telling walkers to be on the left and bikes on the right. You still get pinheads that walk on the right.

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 04:36 PM

Part of the confusion is that some trails have the reverse markings for walkers and riders. i think this has been covered in another thread. If I remember right, the river trail outside of Folsom is opposite (different jurisdictions or something).


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