The Observer ran a letter to the editor Monday about cyclists riding too fast at McAlpine Greenway, and we ran a counter letter Tuesday about less than alert pedestrians.
The problem isn't pedestrians or cyclists. It's people that don't understand.
I know McAlpine. I ride my mountain bike there, run there and walk my dogs there. Last month I came around a corner on my bike and encountered two women, one of whom was walking two small dogs, and they occupied every available space. I skidded, stopped and asked them what they were doing. One of them, the larger one, began to yell.
Here's the trick: Walk like you drive. Keep to the right. Operate under the theory that only half the space is yours. If you're in a large group, this means you have to split up. So split up. Under no circumstances do you get more than half the path or boardwalk.
The Greenway is one of the best parts of Charlotte. You can escape without leaving town. Instead of cars, you're among dirt paths and creeks and hills.
You don't want to be among people with a sense of entitlement. Stay on your half of the path and the problems go away.
I taught my dogs they have to stay on one side when I walk them.
Are you smarter than a Boston terrier and greyhound?
If you are, you can learn the lesson, too.