This was on MyBallard’s forum and I thought you would want to know about it- especially as the weekend approaches:
If you bike in Discovery park, beware of a lady who sets her dog after bikers going down the hill by the Daybreak Star entrance. Ran into her last night and it was a brief glimpse into insanity. I was going down the hill slowly since I hadn’t gone down it yet this spring. I think you could probably get over 30mph (not advised in my opinion, but I’m sure some do). I turn the corner and I see a group of people off to the side with a loose yip-yap type of dog. Since I had a near miss at this location several years ago (dog on right edge, owner on left edge, near-invisible leash ready to garrote me in the middle) I just stopped.
I hear the lady say “Here’s another one!” At this point, don’t know what that means. But I’m walking my bike down past the loose dog and as I start talking to her she picks up the dog as I relate her how dangerous this corner is and told her my story of the time I could have been severely injured if I hadn’t stopped in time – hopefully she would get the hint that a loose dog at the bottom of a hill is bad for the dog and for the bikers. She seemed to take it in but said, “Oh my dog loves to chase bikes!” Like this is a fun, cheery thing to enjoy on a great spring day.
She was still holding the dog when I got on my bike and went down the hill. I look back a few seconds afterwards and she had let the dog down to chase me! Let’s just say that I lost it and screamed at her… She called the dog back and I got …out of there.
Putting everything together afterwards, from her location at the bottom of a hill where bikers are going fast, the comments “Here’s another one”, “My dog loves to chase bikes”, and her letting the dog go, leads me to the conclusion that she intentionally is doing this. I can’t see an innocent explanation. By the time I figured it out it was too late to call animal control (or even 911!) which I regret.
If some biker going 20-30mph turns that corner into that loose dog and slams on the brakes or loses control, serious injury is almost certain – so be forewarned!
Be careful Magnolia peeps!