Mountain bikers neglect the human common courtesies

Been out for a longish walk. I was passed by a number of mountain bikers whooshing past without any sign of recognition. Not a smile, wave or even a nod. Now, when walkers pass one another, there’s mostly, though not always, a ‘good day’, a smile, a nod, or even a raised hand in a wave.

Is it because mountain bikers are selfish self-absorbed people? I’d be hard put to argue against it. I’ve seen racers in the Tour de France wave in acknowledgement to spectators, and they’re racing. So, if you’re a mountain biker hurtling down the track alongside Red Road, just think for a moment that the track is shared by others, to whom the normal human courtesies apply.

PS. Photo is public domain, not of any biker I’ve seen.

Control versus risk

On a hot day last week, there were plenty of kids and parents picnicking at Frimley Lodge Park. Although most of the kids seemed to be exploring and enjoying the equipment in the play area.

While waiting for some colleagues to turn up to the Frimley Lodge Park Green Flag Award photo shoot, I got talking to one of the park rangers. As the kids were queuing up to use the zip wire, we discussed the popularity of the items in the play area and trends in play area equipment. The ranger said the zip wire was a piece of  ‘control v risk’ equipment, and the latest trend in play areas were simple mounds, over which children could clamber.

I was hugely impressed by her knowledge of play and activity provisioning. It wasn’t a surprise that she had a degree in, I think it was, sports management. Whatever, her knowledge and committment, along with her colleagues in the Greenspace team are surely key to Surrey Heath’s Frimley Lodge Park winning a Green Flag Award for the 11th consecutive year.

To celebrate the award there’s a competition that users of the park can enter.

In the photo: At Frimley Lodge playground the Park Rangers join children, me, and Glendale Contract Manager Richard Smith (in white shirt).