Don't be "that guy/gal". Chelan PUD has attempted to make users of the Loop Trail aware of the "rules" of the trail, and they have posted signs along the trail as well as "on" the trail. I'm sure that anyone who regularly uses the trail, has experienced "that guy, or that gal" doing something that to most would be perceived as inconsiderate. Some of the actions taken by trail users are not simply "irritating", but they can be dangerous to themselves and others. I would like to list a number of actions that I personally feel are inconsiderate, and potentially dangerous. Inconsiderate behavior cuts across all users of the trail, whether walking, jogging, running, roller blading, skateboarding and/or biking.
- Stopping "on" the trail, instead of "stepping off" the trail. I can't count the number of times I've come upon 1-2-3-4 people who are standing "on" the trail, chatting. Seemingly completely oblivious to what's going on around them. PLEASE, if you wish to have a conversation, just step "off" the trail, to allow others to proceed, unimpeded.
- Walking or riding 3-4 abreast, seemingly unaware that trail etiquette dictates sharing the trail and being aware of your surroundings. The trail is wide enough to allow 2 people to walk or ride, side-by-side, going both directions. Common sense would seem to regulate this division of the trail, but evidently some people like to take their half, out of the middle.
- Having your dog walk on your left side, which puts the animal in close proximity to other trail users, going in the opposite direction. I'm not aware of a trail "rule" governing this, but It's unnerving to be walking or riding along the trail, and approach someone walking their dog, and that dog is literally "in the middle of the trail". Yes, there is room to get by, but I don't know your dog, and I've had too many "close calls" associated with this scenario. I've had dogs lunge at me as I passed, and I was as far over on the side of the trail as possible. Thankfully, the dog's owner kept the dog on a short leash and was able to prevent contact. One time, two people, and a dog, were stopped in the middle of the trail on the East side. I slowed down to a crawl, and started to go around them on the far right side of the trail. Just as I got to the group, the dog jumped directly out in front of me, and I went down hard.
I know I'm getting long winded here, and so I'm going to get off my soap box. I'd like to read other accounts of inconsiderate use of the trail.