Hey. Just wanted to post re riders on the Yarra Trail particularly around the Collingwood Children's Farm. As well as cycling, I frequently hike along the trail too. I'm alarmed at the aggression coming from fellow riders on this trail, esp. on weekends when it gets busy. Yes, it can be crowded, particularly in this farm area, but I don't see the need for the constant bell ringing and the "MOVE OUT THE WAY!" that I got yesterday from a rider while I was far over to the left and had been on a 12 km walk. The trail is for all types of exercise, not just riding. No exercise is more important than the other.
I walk / ride this area at least once a day. I've seen all sorts of terrible behaviour coming from cyclists: weaving dangerously through small children on a busy Saturday without a touch of breaks, yelling for families to control their kids and MOVE!, and once my little dog almost got hit by someone veering off the path to avoid a crowd and onto the grass where my dog was minding her own business. Reminds me of the freeway at peak hour and it makes me feel sad about the selfishness of humanity.
Cycling is about exercise and commuting in a healthy, stress-free way. Some folks get on the trail and make all us cyclists look like a bunch of a-holes.
Pedestrians are to bikes, what bikes are to cars: i.e, an occasional inconvenience and interruption to flow.
I think as a community, we should set the example of how we'd like to be treated on the roads with respectful treatment of pedestrians. At least at the Collingwood Children's Farm which is reliably covered with people every Saturday and Sunday. If you don't want to go through this crowd, exit just at the farm, go down St Heliers, turn left on Clark and follow back to the trail. It is about the same distance. If you do go through the crowd, do so with patience and be ready to slow down for unpredictable kids running around the trail with the excitement of feeding goats and horses.
And remember that walkers are entitled to a little bit of the path too!!